May faces backlash over treatment of 'Windrush generation' of migrants

Lester Mason
April 16, 2018

But they have been told there will be no formal meeting with the Prime Minister although Downing Street officials indicated there will be a chance to talk in the sidelines of the gathering.

"This has created uncertainty and lack of clarity and justice for tens of thousands of individuals who have worked hard, paid their taxes and raised children and grandchildren and who see Britain as their home".

The British government last week refused a request from the high commissioners of 12 Caribbean nations for a dedicated meeting on this subject at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London this week.

The Labour MP has secured an urgent question about the immigration status of Windrush generation children in the House of Commons this afternoon.

The Migration Observatory at Oxford University told The National that up to 57,000 of the half million people who moved to the United Kingdom before the 1971 Immigration Act came into law could be at risk of being removed from the country.

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. "No one with the right to be here will be required to leave".

Securing a residence permit requires sending the Home Office up to four pieces of documentary evidence for every year spent in the United Kingdom - an nearly impossible task.

Nearly every British political party, from the Greens to UKIP, have opposed the move, which has also united such disparate bodies as The Guardian and the Daily Mail.

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 former minister, whose Guyanese parents were Windrush migrants, added: 'It is a stain on our nation's conscience and the Home Secretary and Prime Minister must act urgently to right this historic wrong.

Speaking to ITV News about the mistakes made in cases involving the Windrush generation facing deportation from the United Kingdom, immigration minister Caroline Nokes said: "There have been some horrendous situations that as a minister have appalled me".

A petition is calling for anyone who came to the United Kingdom as a child between 1948 and 1971 to have their rights confirmed by the Government.

The Home Office said delegates at this week's Commonwealth heads of government meeting in London will be able to speak to Mrs May about the situation. This should not happen to people who have been longstanding pillars of our community.

Some have even had their access to British public services withdrawn - a man of Caribbean origin known as "Albert Thompson", has been told he was not eligible for radiotherapy for cancer on the NHS because he couldn't prove he was legally in the UK.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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