Tory immigration minister clueless about Windrush deportations

Tory immigration minister clueless about Windrush deportations

Thousands of British residents who arrived from the Caribbean are suddenly being denied basic rights after being incorrectly identified as illegal immigrants.

Many who subsequently came were given indefinite leave to remain but records were not kept.

Nokes encouraged those affected to make contact with the Home Office and said the government is determined to help people build up a picture of their life in the United Kingdom even if they might lack the required documents.

People born in Jamaica and other Caribbean countries are thought to be more affected than those from other Commonwealth nations, as they were more likely to arrive on their parent's passports without their own ID documents.

Interior minister Amber Rudd is set to announce a team to ensure no one will lose services or entitlements, and that if people apply for new documents, the usual fees will be waived, the BBC reported.

She said: "Well, absolutely, these are people who we welcomed here way back in the 50s and 60s and it's really important to me that we correct any error, and that we send a message of reassurance to people who are here, we want to get this right for them".

PoliticsHome asked the Home Office to clarify whether any citizens have been deported in error, and whether the department was aiming to directly contact them if so.

Who are the Windrush generation? Ministers have said they hope to tighten ties and increase trade with the Commonwealth, a network of 53 countries, mostly former British colonies, after Britain leaves the European Union next year.

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The problem follows the ending of a previous system of Commonwealth citizenship and free movement, when status was conferred by law on people to safeguard them but some did not acquire the necessary papers, according to immigration law blog Free Movement.

Nearly half a million people left their homes in the West Indies to live in Britain between 1948 and 1970, according to Britain's National Archives.

The raging Labour MP launched a furious tirade in the Commons on Monday and said the relationship between Britain and the West Indies and Caribbean had become "inextricable".

A Home Office official said the rejection had been because the subject of the meeting was not clear.

More than 140 members of parliament have signed a letter to the prime minister calling on her to resolve an anomaly that means many people who arrived in Britain as children between 1948 and 1971 are being denied health services, prevented from working and in some cases threatened with deportation.

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".

However, the Home Office did not keep a record of those granted leave to remain or issue any paperwork confirming it, meaning it is hard for the individuals to now prove they are in the United Kingdom legally.

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