Windrush: Home Office to 'learn lessons' through internal review

Maricruz Casares
May 2, 2018

British Home Secretary Amber Rudd has resigned after Prime Minister Theresa May's government faced criticism for its treatment of long-term Caribbean residents who were wrongly labelled illegal immigrants.

In recent decades, though, many had been refused medical care in Britain or threatened with deportation because they could not produce paperwork proving their right to reside in the country, even though they had an automatic right to do so.

Britain's new interior minister pledged Monday to create a "fair and humane immigration" system hours after being appointed as he tried to move beyond a scandal over moves to deport elderly legal immigrants that has rocked the government.

The information would given to the Home Affairs Select Committee, the body which former Home Secretary Amber Rudd admitted she gave "inadvertently misleading" answers to regarding deportation targets.

Susan Brown said Government policy which led to the deportation of some United Kingdom residents because they were unable to provide documentation to prove their citizenship was "a shameful episode".

Explaining the thinking behind Mr Javid's appointment, Mrs May's spokesman said he was "one of the most experienced ministers" in Cabinet who had "proved his drive, his ambition and his determination to get to grips with hard subjects".

Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott said the scandal had "exposed something rotten at the heart of Government" and "full disclosure of the facts" was required.

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Former investment banker Mr Javid was given the job during a telephone call with Mrs May and becomes the first person from an ethnic-minority background to hold one of the four Great Offices of State.

The letter she wrote to Prime Minister Theresa May in January previous year, which was published in the Guardian April 29, mentioned her forthcoming visit to Pakistan to finalize an agreement on biometric returns that would make it easier to deport illegal immigrants to that country.

He added: 'Like her, I am also a second generation migrant and I know that she shares that anger, and she should respect that other people do - she doesn't have a monopoly on that'. The Conservative government has an oft-stated but long-unmet goal of reducing net immigration below 100,000 people a year, less than half the current level.

May preceded Ms. Rudd as Home Minister.

Rudd said she didn't see the memo, but The Guardian later published a leaked letter she wrote to the prime minister discussing an aim of increasing removals by 10%.

In her resignation letter, Ms Rudd said she "inadvertently misled" MPs over targets for removing illegal immigrants.

May has apologised for the treatment of the Windrush generation, but she had two big reasons for hoping Rudd could survive the scandal.

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