Amber Rudd: Windrush generation treatment 'appalling'

Amber Rudd: Windrush generation treatment 'appalling'

Labour MP David Lammy poured scorn on the Conservative Party in the House of Commons today, describing their "small U-turn" on the Windrush generation as a "day of national shame".

Labour's shadow home secretary Diane Abbott told Ms Rudd the Government "must consider" offering compensation to those affected.

More than 140 British MPs signed a letter to Prime Minister Theresa May asking her to resolve the immigration status of those long-time British residents born in Commonwealth territories, who have been recently misidentified as "illegal immigrants", facing several legal problems and even deportation. "If you lay down with dogs you get fleas, and that is what has happened with this far-right rhetoric in this country". The Having grown up and lived in the country their entire lives and having paid National Insurance contributions, some of these citizens have never felt the need to formalise their right to living in the UK.

"Will the Secretary of State apologise properly?"

The Labour MP has called for an immediate amnesty for anyone who arrived in the United Kingdom as a child between 1948 and 1971, gathering a petition of over 100,000 signatures - the figure needed to potentially trigger a debate in Parliament.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has been forced to apologise after the government admitted it may have wrongly deported people from the so-called Windrush generation who have lived in the United Kingdom legally for decades.

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Mrs May's official spokesman said: "She deeply values the contribution made by these and all Commonwealth citizens who have made a life in the United Kingdom, and is making sure the Home Office is offering the correct solution for individual situations".

"That admiration remains in place".

Rudd said: "I am concerned that the Home Office has become too concerned with policy and strategy and sometimes lost sight of the individual". This is about individuals.

'We have seen the individual stories, and they have been, some of them, awful to hear, and that is why I have acted.' She was challenged over an interview in which immigration minister Caroline Nokes appeared to confirm that some Windrush migrants had been wrongly deported.

"And that is why I have acted".

"That's why I am setting up a new area in my department to ensure that we have a completely new approach to how their situation is regularised".

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Their legal status changed overnight despite living, working and paying tax in Britain for decades, because they do not have sufficient paperwork to prove they have the right to be in the UK.

One of the first ships to bring West Indian immigrants to London in 1948 was called 'Empire Windrush', hence the name.

The Windrush migrants were advised that they need to produce evidence including passports, to continue working or receiving treatment from the NHS.

It has seen some Windrush generation residents, who might never have felt the need to apply for a United Kingdom passport before, left without the documentation now required by officials.

63-year-old mechanic, Albert Thompson, was evicted and asked for £54,000 to pay for radiotherapy cancer treatment. "They have the right to stay and we should be reassuring them of that", Mordaunt said during an interview with BBC Radio 4's Today show.

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