Thousands of Windrush Generation landing cards found in National Archives

21 April, 2018, 13:56 | Author: Mable Gonzales
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The four-page document, obtained exclusively by the Guardian, reveals Rudd promised the prime minister she would oversee the forced or voluntary departure of 10% more people than May managed when she was home secretary, partly by switching money for crime-fighting to her immigration enforcement programme.

The problem was made worse by the fact that in 2010, the Home Office destroyed thousands of landing cards making it more hard for Windrush citizens to prove their right to stay in the UK.

Amber Rudd, the home secretary, was right to say that she was appalled by the way her department treated these individuals.

The exchanges came as it emerged 49 people had on Tuesday contacted a new Home Office hotline set up to help Commonwealth citizens whose immigration status has been challenged.

However Wood, who left the Home Office in 2015, insisted that the UK's immigration enforcement regime had enough checks and balances to ensure that people wrongly threatened with deportation could explain their situation and avoid being removed from the country. And unless the right lessons are learnt, we will be here again.

Speaking about the database destruction, Sir Bob Kerslake, the former head of the civil service, said some government ministers described May's tenure at the Home Office as being "almost reminiscent of Nazi Germany".

He also admitted that recent disclosures had shown there was a problem with the policy, which was brought forward during Theresa May's time as home secretary.

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More than 140 members of parliament signed a letter to Prime Minister Theresa May 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.

Ledgers recording the details of all passengers arriving at British ports from the late 19th century until 1960 are now known to include more than 85,000 from Caribbean countries such as Jamaica.

He added that under Mrs May the Home Office became "heartless and hopeless" and now her Government was "callous and incompetent".

But in the private memo, Rudd said she believed in the fundamental importance of that hostile environment agenda, which she referred to as the "compliant environment", an attempted rebranding of the policy by ministers a few months earlier.

For the Windrush children, justice can not come soon enough. What of the ruined lives? Four months earlier, May rebooted the government's immigration taskforce, chairing a committee of 12 cabinet ministers - including the three key Brexit supporters, Liam Fox, Boris Johnson and David Davies - to ensure a new regime was introduced to slash the net number of arrivals into the United Kingdom to below 100,000 a year.

Windrush: What exactly is a British citizen?

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