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May Apologises To Caribbean Countries Over UK Treatment Of Post-War Migrants

19 Avril 2018

"This is a national disgrace", he said.

"I said, what are you talking about, "I'm illegal"?" Stranded in Jamaica, he missed his mother's funeral as her body was repatriated to the UK. The truth is that she has said there has been a policy change, that this was an unintended effect.

"I went through all that and I hadn't done anything wrong".

The immigrants are named after the Windrush (pictured), one of the first ships that brought Caribbean migrants to Britain in 1948 in the aftermath of World War Two, when labour shortages meant that people from the Commonwealth, a network of mostly former British colonies, were invited to help rebuild the economy. The original line was that problems would be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. The government has known since 2014 that these consequences of the hostile environment affected Windrush migrants.

Trevor Phillips, the former head of the Commission for Racial Equality, who uncovered the document, said: 'It is so cowardly that the Home Office is expressing surprise and saying this scandal is a awful mistake by some junior person yet this shows ministers must have been told that this could happen.' Ministers would not have been required to sign off the impact assessment, said the Home Office.

Britain is my home, but it just doesn't feel like my home.

"After the Windrush scandal, we want to be sure that the same is not happening to our European citizens", he said.

Ministers have said there will be a presumption in favour of this being granted in almost all cases and unlike the previous process of applying for permanent residency, which involved filling out an 85 page document, there will only be a small amount of paperwork involved. "What is going on in the Home Office makes me ashamed of our great country".

"We helped England get where it is today, it's time for England for help us now".

"So, we made the reform precisely to get Home Office control over how our borders were managed". However, most United Kingdom media report that the "mistake" was known to the government for years, with several cases of people raised in the United Kingdom being deprived of their benefits, access to healthcare, and stripped of their passports. "Justice must be done and will be done".

Labour's shadow home secretary Diane Abbott called for immigration officials to be allowed to use "discretion" for the Windrush generation.

As a effect, some lost their jobs, others were evicted from their homes and a few were reported to have been threatened with deportation. Research shows that landlords are less likely to rent to those who look or sound foreign since immigration checks have been introduced to the rental market. This is what they've done to me. They are part of us.

"It was an bad time". First Downing Street claimed the decision to destroy the Windrush-era landing cards was made by the Home Office in 2010 for data protection reasons.

'But I wouldn't let her do that - everybody had already paid. Britain desperately needed black West Indian workers 70 years ago.

"I cried, I was in shock, I was angry".

Furthermore, these immigrants would have produced children who are both British-born and bred, so to even suggest that they be deported at this stage would be to separate a generation of British citizens from their parents and grandparents.

"We have no intention of making people leave who have the right to remain here".

Video: Who are the Windrush generation?

And he said he was certain that Britain would "come up with a process of compensation" for those who were adversely affected by the Home Office bungles.

The government has no plans to reverse these changes within the NHS, and indeed intend to extend them further to include emergency and primary care.

"We do not know of any cases where somebody has been deported who is in this category", Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington said on Tuesday.

His case has emerged as Theresa May apologised to Caribbean leaders over the Windrush controversy, saying she was "genuinely sorry" about the anxiety caused by the Home Office threatening the children of Commonwealth citizens with deportation.

May Apologises To Caribbean Countries Over UK Treatment Of Post-War Migrants