Amber Rudd: Windrush generation treatment 'appalling'

Amber Rudd: Windrush generation treatment 'appalling'

"I talked to the home secretary about this last night, and the position is that we have no information, we do not know of any cases where somebody who has been deported is in this category", Lidington told BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Tuesday.

They were given indefinite leave to remain, a situation which changed with a 1971 law - but many who failed to get their papers in order are now being treated as undocumented or illegal migrants.

The petition calls for an amnesty for Windrush immigrants who arrived as children, adding: 'The Government should also provide compensation for loss and hurt'.

The name comes from the Empire Windrush, the ship that brought the first large group of post-war West Indian immigrants to the United Kingdom carrying 492 passengers on a voyage from Jamaica to London in 1948.

However, despite having been in the United Kingdom for the majority of their lives, the group of British residents have begun to experience issues as a result of tightened United Kingdom immigration requirements. Some arrived on their parents' documentation and never formally applied for British citizenship or a passport.

Their problems include difficulties when finding work, getting NHS care, accessing benefits, or trying to secure housing.

The "Windrush generation" was named after the vessel on which the traveled to the United Kingdom and given special protective residency upon arrival.

Prime Minister Theresa May is under pressure to resolve the status of thousands of British residents who arrived from the Caribbean decades ago and are now being denied basic rights after being incorrectly identified as illegal immigrants.

Having earlier vowed to "find out" if that was the case, Ms Rudd told MPs: "I do not have any evidence that anybody has been removed in that way".

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".

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".

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But in a major climbdown, he said Mrs May would now meet with the representatives - and said the Home Office will issue updated guidance later in a bid to solve the problem.

Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland, who herself moved to Britain from Dominica when she was two years old, said the issue was one for individual countries to resolve with London.

"There is absolutely no question about their right to remain and I am very sorry for any confusion or anxiety felt".

"This is a day of national shame", he said.

Addressing Rudd in the House of Commons, he added: "It has come about because of a hostile environment policy that was begun under her prime minister".

The raging MP blasted: "Let us call it how it is".

She also made a significant criticism of her department: "I am concerned that the Home Office has become too concerned with policy and strategy and sometimes loses sight of the individual".

"This is about individuals and we have seen the individual stories and they have been, some of them, bad to hear".

The Windrush row exploded as Commonwealth leaders arrived in London for the start of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) this week.

Guy Hewitt, Barbados high commissioner, said a meeting request from Caribbean leaders to discuss the issue with the prime minister this week was rejected by the government.

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