Indian migrants may be caught up in UK's Windrush scandal

Windrush scandal generation Amber Rudd BBC

The former housing secretary - who this weekend issued an impassioned plea for Tory voters not to abandon the party over the Windrush scandal - has been appointed to the role following Rudd's resignation for "inadvertently misleading" MPs over the Home Office's use of deportation targets.

The scandal resulted in Home Secretary Amber Rudd being forced to resign early Monday morning after weeks of trying to curtail the crisis.

Sajid Javid said his parents came to the United Kingdom from the Commonwealth in the 1960s, and he was "personally committed, and invested, in resolving the difficulties faced by the people of the Windrush generation".

Javid's appointment was applauded by his Conservative colleagues, with chief secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss praising him as "effective, no-nonsense and brave", while former minister Nick Boles said he was "proud to be a colleague" of the UK's first home secretary from a Muslim background.

"This is very much a government that built their approach to immigration on the idea that there is no such thing as a policy that is too anti-immigration".

And Labour MP and Windrush campaigner David Lammy, said promises made by the government should be urgently written into law.

She also said Home Office staff should not follow the approach of going after "low-hanging fruit", amid concerns that people were detained if they were viewed as easy targets. My parents came to this country... just like the Windrush generation. "This never should have been the case and I will do whatever it takes to put it right".

But her comments appeared at odds with a 2015 inspection report which said the practice did exist.

As well as the row over what she knew about targets on migrant removals, Ms Rudd had been battling intense criticism over the Windrush scandal, which has seen people from a Caribbean background denied access to benefits and healthcare or threatened with deportation despite decades of residence in the UK.




But Rudd's position worsened after she told lawmakers last week that the government did not have targets for deporting people - only for a 2017 memo to emerge that mentioned specific targets for "enforced removals".

But Jeremy Corbyn insisted Mrs May had "questions to answer" about her time in the Home Office. May said: "When I was home secretary, yes, there were targets in terms of removing people from the country who were here illegally".

Rudd had claimed to a parliamentary committee that her department did not impose targets, but the Guardian reported on Sunday that in a private letter to May in 2017, she had informed the Prime Minister that she meant to boost deportations by 10%.

Mr Javid, a former investment banker and MP for Bromsgrove since 2010, has been communities secretary for about 18 months.

Javid is the Conservative party MP for Bromsgrove since 2010 and has previously held business and culture portfolios in the United Kingdom government.

May has tried to keep a delicate balance of "remainers" and "leavers" in her cabinet.

What he is, however, is someone who has already expressed public anger about the Windrush fiasco.

However, he did face calls to stand down as business secretary over his response to the steel crisis in 2015 which saw Tata Steel cut thousands of jobs.

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