Amber Rudd grilled by MPs over Windrush scandal

Racists—Amber Rudd and Theresa May

Theresa May, the British prime minister, was accused of wilfully ignoring official warnings that the so-called Windrush generation of Carribean migrants would be targeting in a "hostile environment" immigration policy she introduced while interior minister. The government has set up a task force to help them formalise their status.

The Windrush scandal has seen people who moved to the United Kingdom from the Commonwealth between 1948 and 1972 - and their children - threatened with deportation and stripped of jobs and benefits despite being in the United Kingdom legally.

"These policies swept up British citizens and legal migrants causing them enormous suffering, as she was warned", he told MPs. "And we need to know what is going to change", she said.

He called for the 2014 Act and other related legislation - including curbs on legal aid - to be reviewed.

Ms Rudd will appear before the Home Affairs Select Committee from 3.30pm.

The Windrush children who came over with their parents were entitled to settled status, and so are in the United Kingdom legally.


With the U.K. Home Office under fire for the immigration fiasco, Rudd previously suggested it was the fault of the department rather than those in charge.

"This is an excellent move and it not only answers the questions persons have been asking but certainly delivers what we have been calling for and what Prime Minister Andrew Holness and other CARICOM heads had asked for - that there be some compensatory relief and that the citizenship to which those persons are entitled, be granted", she said.

"What the leader of the opposition is talking about is illegal immigration and what people up and down the country will tell him is that we should deal with illegal immigration".

A government source rejected press reports of a row between the two, saying they had had "a cordial and friendly exchange".

Last night a Whitehall source insisted the Cabinet discussion on Windrush was "not a tense one", with Mr Johnson's proposal discussed "briefly".'Boris is on the record as having quite liberal views on immigration and has called for an amnesty in the past, ' the source said.

Mr Johnson first floated the idea of an amnesty for some illegal immigrants when he was Mayor of London.

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