Win­drush gen­er­a­tion get apol­ogy over treat­ment

Im­mi­gra­tion: ‘Ap­palling’ govern­ment re­sponse to peo­ple who came to UK in 40s

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY ANDREW WOOD­COCK

Home Sec­re­tary Am­ber Rudd has of­fered an apol­ogy in the Com­mons to mem­bers of the so-called Win­drush gen­er­a­tion who have been sub­jected to what she de­scribed as “ap­palling” treat­ment by the govern­ment.

Ms Rudd an­nounced the cre­ation of a new task­force in the Home Of­fice to speed up the reg­u­lar­i­sa­tion of the im­mi­gra­tion sta­tus of peo­ple who ar­rived in the UK as long ago as the 1940s.

Her an­nounce­ment came af­ter Down­ing Street said

“No one with the right to be here will be made to leave”

Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May wanted to en­sure that “no one with the right to be here will be made to leave”.

And Com­mu­ni­ties Sec­re­tary Sa­jid Javid said he was “deeply con­cerned” at chal­lenges to the im­mi­gra­tion sta­tus of peo­ple who were “long-stand­ing pil­lars of our com­mu­nity”.

Im­mi­gra­tion min­is­ter Caro­line Nokes ap­peared to suggest that some in­di­vid­u­als may al­ready have been de­ported in er­ror.

But Ms Rudd told the House of Com­mons she was not aware of “any spe­cific cases” and would raise the mat­ter with high com­mis­sion­ers at a meet­ing this week.

An­swer­ing an ur­gent ques­tion from Labour’s David Lammy, the home sec­re­tary told MPs: “I am con­cerned that the Home Of­fice has be­come too con­cerned with pol­icy and strat­egy, and some­times loses sight of the in­di­vid­ual.

“This is about in­di­vid­u­als, and we have seen the in­di­vid­ual sto­ries, and they have been, some of them, ter­ri­ble to hear, and that is why I have acted.”

Mrs May is to meet her coun­ter­parts from Caribbean states in the mar­gins of the Com­mon­wealth summit in London to­day amid grow­ing anger about in­di­vid­u­als fac­ing the threat of de­por­ta­tion and be­ing de­nied ac­cess to health­care due to UK pa­per­work is­sues.

Ms Rudd was chal­lenged in the Com­mons over an in­ter­view in which Ms Nokes ap­peared to con- firm that some Win­drush mi­grants had been wrongly de­ported.

“There have been some hor­ren­dous sit­u­a­tions which as a min­is­ter have ap­palled me,” Ms Nokes told ITV News in re­sponse to a ques­tion about de­por­ta­tions.

An­nounc­ing the new task­force, Ms Rudd said: “I do not want any of the Com­mon­wealth ci­ti­zens who are here le­gally to be im­pacted in the way they have.

“Frankly, some of the ways they have been treated has been wrong, has been ap­palling and I am sorry.”

Ms Rudd said fees for sort­ing out the pa­per­work of those af­fected would be waived so they can have their sta­tus confirmed free of charge.

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