I used to think that the UK, consisting mainly of one large island, shouldn’t have that much of a problem with illegal immigration as countries with many long land borders. After all, you only have to control the airports, a handful of seaports and the one train going through the Channel tunnel. You don’t need to build a fence or patrol the forests or mountains all night.
Then I moved to Britain and saw how messed up the system was. Not only were some border posts not manned at all and you could just walk through (especially at seaports at night), but the UK doesn’t perform any exit controls. That means they roughly know who is coming into the country, but they have no idea who is overstaying their visa. Worse, they are not even trying to have an idea. Another trick is to book two international flights which connect at two different of London’s five airports or at different terminals at Heathrow, get a transit visa for the UK and disappear on the way to the second airport or terminal.
But all this immigration mess lies in the past. The future is now! The British government has found the magic bullet for fighting illegal immigration.
What is this? A truck?
Yes, it’s a truck. But not a normal truck! It’s the official “Go home or face arrest” truck commissioned by the UK Home Office to drive around parts of London with a high immigrant population.
There have been many reports about the effectiveness of the truck, which has already caused thousands of illegal immigrants to quit their job and leave to Somalia or Pakistan immediately. Airlines have had to charter extra flights to Afghanistan and Syria. Zamira A., 28, from Iran said: “I always wanted to stay in England and never thought of leaving before. But then I saw this truck driving past me, while I was buying chicken wings in West London. It made me reflect on my life and I will leave the UK right away. Thank you, truck!”
Government by billboards – for governments who have absolutely no idea what to do. (Disclaimer: The UK Government does not accept any responsibility if its policies cause or increase anti-immigrant, xenophobic or racist sentiment and lead to violence.) There are no reports about a similar truck with the sign “Pay taxes or face arrest” being commissioned to drive around the City of London.