Some members of Windrush generation have been wrongly deported, immigration minister admits

Laverne Higgins
April 16, 2018

While in a statement, Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes said: "We will handle every case with sensitivity and will help. people gather the information they need".

Number 10 had initially rejected a formal diplomatic request from the 12 countries, which are in London for the Commonwealth heads of government summit this week, giving the impression that the government was not taking a sufficiently serious approach to the problem.

"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".

'Many came here as children, their parents invited to the United Kingdom to work.

Regulations introduced by Prime Minister Theresa May, when she was Home Secretary in the previous Conservative government led by David Cameron, require employers, landlords and health service providers to demand evidence of legal immigration status.

The Home Office earlier confirmed the meeting was requested but the subject of the proposed meeting was not made clear.

"She is aware that many people are unlikely to have documents that are over 40 years old, and she is clear that no one with the right to be here will be made to leave", the spokesman said.

The Downing Street U-turn came after 140 MPs from across the parties wrote to the Prime Minister calling for an "immediate and effective" response to the concerns of Windrush generation residents.

Opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has described the denial of their rights and the deportations as "disgraceful".

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It called 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".

This has meant that people who are now either pensioners or are approaching that age, and who have spent their working lives paying taxes in the United Kingdom and often working in public services such as the National Health Service or in the general infrastructure of the country, raising children who are legally resident, are now facing uncertainty. It is a stain on our nation's conscience and the Prime Minister must act urgently to right this historic wrong.

"The government is essentially stripping people of the rights that our government itself granted decades ago".

Meanwhile, global development secretary Penny Mordaunt told Radio 4's Today Programme: "What clearly needs to happen is we need to do a better job with the process that these individuals are having to go through".

"What clearly needs to happen is we need to do a better job with the process that these individuals are having to go through".

"That we send a message of reassurance to people who are here, we want to get this right for them".

Mr Hewitt, Barbados high commissioner, told the BBC: "I have held as a great honour the fact that I am the first London-born high commissioner for Barbados".

But in recent years, successive British governments have sought to appear tough on illegal immigration, and their descendants are now struggling to prove a citizenship status they previously took for granted.

"They thought that there was no need for them to regularise their status". They are being shut out of the system.

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