UK Home Secretary offers apology to Windrush generation

UK Home Secretary offers apology to Windrush generation

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

'Can she tell the house how many have been detained as prisoners in their own country, can she tell the hse how many have been denied health under the NHS, how many denied pensions, how many have lost their jobs.

Caroline Noakes appeared to confirm that some had been wrongly deported, as she said the Home Office wanted to make it as "easy as we possibly can" for those affected.

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.

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.

Speaking after Amber Rudd announced that a new task force would be set up to help Commonwealth immigrants facing deportation he said the government should "guarantee the status of all the Windrush children caught up in this crisis".

May's six-year tenure at the interior ministry was marked by a determination to reduce immigration numbers, something she has continued to emphasise as premier and in Brexit negotiations.

"The Windrush Generation must have their rights as British citizens confirmed, any who have been deported must be invited back to the United Kingdom immediately and those who oversaw their deportations must be held to account".

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Mr Lammy said: "When my parents and their generation arrived in this country under the Nationality Act of 1948, they arrived here as British citizens".

The letter to Mrs May calls for action over the immigration anomalies, stating: "All too often these routine bureaucratic errors bring about the separation of families and irreparable damage to lives in addition to undue stress, anxiety and suffering".

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.

May only became aware of a request for a meeting on Monday morning, and will discuss the issue with counterparts from Caribbean nations this week, her spokesman said.

The Home Secretary said high commissioners would have an opportunity to raise any such cases with her at their meeting later this week.

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".

The Government has been accused of being "cruel and inhumane" after many long-term immigrants who arrived from the Commonwealth as children have been told they are in Britain illegally.

Unless they are able to produce documents confirming their right to live in the United Kingdom, the Home Office has threatened them with deportation.

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