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British Home Secretary Resigns Amid Immigration Scandal

May 23 2018, 01:21 | Irvin Gilbert

GETTYRudd's decision to stand down will come as a major blow to Mrs May

Amber Rudd

That had followed weeks of scrutiny of her handling of another Home Office scandal: the targeting of the so-called Windrush generation.

In a series of weekend Twitter messages, Rudd said she was unaware of the memo but admitted she should have known of the targets.

"Amber Rudd was a very able cabinet minister, but she did the right thing in the circumstances", he said.

It has now turned its fire on Theresa May, a long-serving home secretary before she became prime minister.

As a second generation migrant, he said he was "angry" at the treatment of those caught up in the saga.

There are no such estimates available for illegal immigrants from India but another recent study by Oxford University's The Migration Observatory has said that 6,580 Indian were deported in 2016, the top country of enforced removals or voluntary departures from Britain.

Mr Javid pledged he will do "whatever it takes" to put right the treatment of Commonwealth citizens, who have been wrongly denied access to benefits and healthcare or threatened with deportation despite living in the United Kingdom for decades.

And in an email sent a few minutes earlier he said "neither I nor HS [Home Secretary] recognise the description of targets" that had been given to the select committee in the immediately preceding session by the Immigration Service Union. "I accept I should have been and I'm sorry that I wasn't", she said.

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Will Javid stray from May?

Whether May's appointment of Javid will be enough to satisfy Windrush campaigners like London Labour MP David Lammy, remains to be seen. She and Mr Javid need to move fast to cauterise the political wounds from Windrush.

Colleagues have called him a "good operator", and "compassionate and empathetic".

Mr Javid is the first BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) politician to hold the role, previously holding roles as Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Minister for Equalities and Financial Secretary to the Treasury.

The issue centres around thousands of UK-based Jamaicans facing forced deportations due to lack of documentary evidence that they had the right to live and work in Britain because they arrived pre-1973, when stricter new visa norms came into force for all Commonwealth nationals migrating to the UK. Others have lost their jobs and have been denied access to free medical care.

As the Windrush scandal intensified, Rudd told a parliamentary committee the Home Office did not keep targets for the number of illegal immigrants removed from Britain. Mr Javid told MPs he preferred the phrase "compliant environment".

"The most urgent task I have is to help those British citizens here that came from the Caribbean and make sure they are all treated with the decency and fairness they deserve". He criticised ministers for referring to illegal immigration in its response to the row.

The scandal has prompted a wider debate about the government's harsh methods against illegal immigration.

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