May rap for Javid

No re­lax­ation on im­mi­grants, PM in­sists

The People - - NEWS FEATURES - In Que­bec by An­drew Gre­gory

THERESA May has slapped down new Home Sec­re­tary Sa­jid Javid over threats to tear up her im­mi­gra­tion legacy.

Mr Javid, brought in af­ter the res­ig­na­tion of Am­ber Rudd over the Win­drush scan­dal, is re­view­ing the “hos­tile en­vi­ron­ment” pol­icy de­vised by Mrs May.

But the PM has made clear there would be no re­lax­ation of rules. Mr Javid has halted checks on thou­sands of bank ac­counts, be­gun in 2016 to catch il­le­gal im­mi­grants. He vowed to re­view the safe­guards “in light of Win­drush” so le­gal migrants like the 1960s West In­dian ar­rivals were not “in­ad­ver­tently dis­ad­van­taged”. Quizzed on her G7 sum­mit trip to Canada, Mrs May said: “If you talk to the pub­lic, what they want is to en­sure we deal with peo­ple who come to the UK il­le­gally. “So it’s im­por­tant we con­tinue to take mea­sures to iden­tify them and do just that.”

PLEDGE: Sa­jid Javid

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