A SOUTHAMPTON MP has appeared to confirm that some long-term immigrants to Britain from the Caribbean have been wrongly reported.
There are claims that the ‘Windrush generation’ are facing deportation and being denied access to healthcare over UK paperwork issues, Romsey and Southampton North MP Caroline Nokes faced questions in a national TV interview.
The immigration minister said: “There have been some horrendous situations which as a minister have appalled me.
“I don’t know the numbers, but what I am determined to do going forward is to say we will have no more of this.
“We want people to have confidence to come to the Home Office, we want to give them a message of reassurance, because we value these people.”
Responding to Ms Nokes’ suggestion that individuals had been deported in error, shadow home secretary Diane Abbott said: “It is an absolute scandal that the Home Office doesn’t even know how many people they have wrongly deported.
“Theresa May must apologise for this mess which has taken place as a direct consequence of the hostile environment she created. As Home Secretary, she removed the rules protecting Commonwealth citizens and as Prime Minister she has completely ignored the issue.
“The Windrush generation must have their rights as British citizens confirmed, any who have been deported must be invited back to the UK immediately and those who oversaw their deportations must be held to account.”
140 MPs from across politics have written to Prime Minister Theresa May calling for an “immediate and effective” response to concerns from long-term Commonwealth-born British residents over their immigration status.
The letter, co-ordinated by Labour MP David Lammy, has been backed by Jeremy Corbyn and Conservative MPs such as Sarah Wollaston.
Barbados high commissioner Guy Hewitt told the BBC: “I have held as a great honour the fact that I am the first London-born high commissioner for Barbados.
“This is the first time I have felt that the country of my birth is saying to people of my region ‘you are no longer welcome’.”
Labour has called a public meeting with affected members of the Windrush generation on April 19.
Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott said: “The treatment of the ‘Windrush generation’ of migrants who came from the Caribbean is scandalous.
“Many came here as children, their parents invited to the UK to work. They have been here decades, worked and paid taxes, set down roots and created families of their own. This is their home.
“But the Government is treating them as illegal aliens. They are denied the free NHS care they are entitled to or even threatened with deportation. This must stop.
“I have called a meeting to demand the Government changes course and to discuss a way forward. It should be a simple humanitarian and decent thing to allow the small number of people involved their automatic rights.”
Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said on Twitter: “I’m deeply concerned to hear about difficulties some of the Windrush generation are facing with their immigration status. This should not happen to people who have been longstanding pillars of our community. The government is looking into this urgently.”
The PM’s official spokesman said Mrs May was clear that “no-one with the right to be here will be made to leave”.
Source : DailyEcho