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Immigration: Corbyn to May: Sort out the Windrush debacle or step aside and ‘let someone else do it’

JEREMY CORBYN called on the government today to quickly sort out the Windrush debacle once and for all or step aside and “let someone else do it.”

The Labour leader said the treatment of people who came to Britain from Commonwealth countries as children on their parents’ passports and have since been threatened with deportation is “immoral and wrong.”

Asked if Home Secretary Amber Rudd should consider her position, he said: “She should consider what her department has done and she should act immediately to sort the problem out.”

He made the comments after the former head of the Civil Service Lord Kerslake described the government’s “hostile environment” towards migrants that was fostered by PM Theresa May when she was home secretary as “almost reminiscent” of nazi Germany.

Shadow Commons leader Valerie Vaz took aim at Ms Rudd, who said earlier this week that the government has no idea how many people of the Windrush generation have been wrongly deported.

Ms Vaz told MPs: “British citizens now in their sixties and seventies are losing the right to work, rent property, receive pensions, access their bank accounts or vital healthcare and some have even been deported.

“These cases can be dealt with immediately. There should be a presumption of legality, not a presumption that they’re here illegally.

“And it’s a distraction as to the destruction or the shredding of the landing cards.”

During PMQs yesterday, Ms May said that the decision to destroy landing cards — the only form of documentation proving Windrush generation’s right to remain in Britain — was made under a Labour government.

But her spokesman and the Home Office had confirmed that the decision was made by UK Border Agency in 2010 and not under instruction by Labour ministers.

The mother of Dexter Bristol, who died aged 57 this month, claimed that stress over his right to remain led to his death.

Mr Bristol moved to Britain when he was eight in 1968 from Grenada on his mother Sentine Bristol’s British subject passport.

He is reported to have lost his job because he could not prove he entered the country legally and was then denied benefits.

Ms Bristol, who has worked as an NHS nurse, said the government “should be ashamed of themselves.”

Labour held a public meeting last night to discuss the Windrush immigration scandal and hear from those affected.

Speakers included shadow home secretary Diane Abbott and Labour MPs David Lammy and Dawn Butler.


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