In­hu­man and cruel per­se­cu­tion of Win­drush Brits

Min­is­ter ad­mits Win­drush Brits ‘wrongly de­ported’ as PM forced into mi­grant U-turn

Daily Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - BY BEN GLAZE Deputy Po­lit­i­cal Ed­i­tor ben.glaze@mir­ VOICE OF THE MIR­ROR: PAGE 6

THE Home Sec­re­tary grov­elled in the Com­mons yes­ter­day over a de­por­ta­tion threat to thou­sands of mi­grants liv­ing in the UK since the 1940s.

Am­ber Rudd also ad­mit­ted she will have to find out how many, if any, Com­mon­wealth cit­i­zens have al­ready been kicked out be­cause of a lack of of­fi­cial pa­per­work.

A team will now process the im­mi­gra­tion sta­tus of those at risk in two weeks.

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

Ms Rudd said she was “con­cerned the Home Of­fice has be­come too con­cerned with pol­icy and strat­egy and some­times lose sight of the in­di­vid­ual.”

Im­mi­gra­tion Min­is­ter Caro­line Nokes seemed to sug­gest some may have al­ready been ex­pelled. She said: “I am de­ter­mined … to say we will have no more of this.” Those ar­riv­ing from the West In­dies on the Em­pire Win­drush in 1948 have been hit. Labour MP David Lammy blamed Theresa May, who was Home Sec­re­tary from 2010 to 2016. He said: “This is a day of na­tional shame and it has come about be­cause of a ‘hos­tile en­vi­ron­ment’ pol­icy that was be­gun un­der the Prime Min­is­ter.

“If you lie down with dogs you catch fleas – that is what has hap­pened with the far-right rhetoric in this coun­try.”

The storm forced Mrs May to re­verse her re­fusal to see Com­mon­wealth lead­ers about the is­sue. Shadow Home Sec­re­tary Diane Ab­bott said: “It is an ab­so­lute scan­dal the Home Of­fice doesn’t even know how many peo­ple they wrongly de­ported.”

HIGH HOPES Pas­sen­gers on the Win­drush head for UK


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