Amber Rudd: Windrush generation treatment 'appalling'

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Many Caribbean immigrants who arrived from the Commonwealth decades ago are at risk of deportation, with many cases popping up across the United Kingdom of elders being deported back to the Caribbean.

May will meet Caribbean leaders this week to "discuss the plight of the Windrush generation", the PM's spokesperson said today.

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.

HOME SECRETARY Amber Rudd has apologised for the treatment of the Windrush generation, saying it was "wrong" and "appalling" that some face deportation.

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.

Her 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".

"She's 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".

Rudd said: "I am concerned that the Home Office has become too concerned with policy and strategy and sometimes lost sight of the individual". Now they are being denied their rights to work, access healthcare, housing and other public services.

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Mr Lammy said: "What is going on is grotesque, immoral and inhumane".

In an article for The Voice newspaper, Nokes says: "The overwhelming majority of the Windrush generation already have the immigration documents they need, but some - through no fault of their own - have not".

"After World War II we invited the Windrush Generation over as citizens to help rebuild our country, and now their children are being treated like criminals".

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

"We want people to have confidence to come to the Home Office, we want to give them a message of reassurance, because we value these people".

"The Government must immediately guarantee that anyone who comes forward to clarify their status should not face deportation or detention, because as things stand today there are thousands of people who are too anxious about their future to come forward".

Penny Mordaunt, the worldwide development secretary, said there was no "absolutely no question of their right to remain" but admitted the Home Office's handling needed to be better.

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. I think we have to reflect this goes way back to the 1970s.

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