Conservatives deporting Caribbean British people

This video from Britain says about itself:

Windrush Son Due To Be Deported Tomorrow In Heartbreaking Call To James O’Brien

17 April 2018

The son of a Windrush immigrant is facing deportation tomorrow and this is his heartbreaking phone call to James O’Brien. Mozi Haynes is helping care for his mother, Ruth Williams, 75, who has cancer. But, after two failed applications to stay, he is due to be removed from the country on Wednesday.

“Every knock on the door you think they’re coming to get you,” he told James in a heartbreaking call. “I love Britain, it’s been my home for so long, but it is hostile, I don’t know if they mean for it to be this way, but that’s the way it is.” The 35-year-old has paid for his own ticket back to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines because he because he felt “too ashamed” to be officially deported.

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

May grovels over Windrush as pressure mounts over wrongful deportations

PRIME MINISTER Theresa May was forced to bow to pressure today and apologise over the government’s shameful and hostile treatment of the Windrush generation.

Ms May’s apology came as a man who looks after his cancer-stricken mother had his deportation to St Vincent and the Grenadines tomorrow halted following an intervention by Labour Tottenham MP David Lammy.

Mozi Haynes, 35, had even told LBC radio today that he was going to buy his own ticket to avoid the shame of being deported.

But after his mother, Ruth Williams, got in touch with Mr Lammy — who has fiercely criticised the government over its treatment of the Windrush generation — to say that her son’s two applications had failed, he contacted the Home Office.

Ms Williams had said: “I feel betrayed and a second-class citizen in my own country. This makes me so sad, and the Home Office must show some compassion.

“I am unwell and almost 75, I live on my own and I need my son to stay here. I need my family around me and I can’t face being alone. He has applied to the Home Office and been refused twice.”

On Ms May’s watch as home secretary, the Home Office committed to a more aggressive pursuit of migrants deemed to be “illegal.”

“The aim is to create, here in Britain, a really hostile environment for illegal immigrants”, she said in 2012.

Many children of Caribbean workers — the Windrush generation — joined their parents in Britain as British citizens but were never offered documentary evidence of their right to live here and, in recent months, Home Office officials have wrongly targeted this group.

Mr Lammy tweeted today: “This is a national disgrace. What is going on in the Home Office makes me ashamed of our great country.

The Prime Minister must act urgently to halt this deportation and all other Windrush deportations.”

However, he later tweeted that he had been contacted by Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes, who had said that Mr Haynes’s deportation would be halted and his case was “being reviewed.”

Ms Nokes admitted yesterday that some individuals may already have been deported in error. Home Secretary Amber Rudd promised to set up a taskforce to quickly resolve cases.

Today Cabinet Office minister David Lidington said that the Home Office had “no information” of any cases where British-Caribbean people had been deported. He said that Home Office staff were searching records to see if anything had gone “appallingly wrong in that way.”

And PM Ms May told Caribbean leaders at a meeting in Downing Street that the government was “genuinely sorry for any anxiety that has been caused” to those threatened with deportation and denied access to NHS services as a result of not having documentation of their right to remain.

She said: “Those who arrived from the Caribbean before 1973 and lived here permanently without significant periods of time away in the last 30 years have the right to remain in the UK, as do the vast majority of long-term residents who arrived later, and I don’t want anybody to be in any doubt about their right to remain here.”

About 1960, the United States nazi party used to have their own record label. On it, they recorded a racist song, advocating forcible deportation of African Americans: ‘Ship those niggers back’. Now, it looks that the May government was so anxious to be on good terms with Donald Trump and United States white supremacists that they wanted to give open xenophobes at least partly what they wanted.

This BBC video from Britain says about itself:

Lenny Henry Meets up with Sam King to chat about the West Indians arriving back in the UK after the second world war.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Windrush deportations: A racist Tory mess that needs to be sorted

BRITAIN’S shameful determination to ditch all responsibilities to people born in its Caribbean colonies, in common with those in Africa and Asia, is not a recent phenomenon.

Racist immigration laws introduced in the 1960s and Britain’s entry into the European Economic Community, forerunner of the European Union, in 1973 indicated a new global choice adopted by the economic and political elite.

Barely two decades after Westminster beseeched West Indians to first assist the war effort against nazi Germany and then to help rebuild bomb-ravaged postwar Britain, people whose countries had been invaded and milked into poverty by empire were told all bets were off.

Commonwealth preference rules that provided markets in Britain for Caribbean produce, especially sugar and bananas, were phased out and subject to new regulations made in Brussels.

Pre-independence residents of imperial/Commonwealth countries who travelled on British documents and could settle in Britain discovered that their passports no longer did the trick.

They were cast as aliens needing permission to travel to what they had been educated to recognise as the “mother country.”

Children born in a Caribbean colony in the 1940s, ’50s or ’60s and brought to Britain by their parents have discovered that, after being regarded universally as British, they now have to prove their right to this status by providing documents and paying a fee of over £200.

Dumbfounded people, often of pensionable age, are finding themselves homeless, jobless and denied benefits because racist sledgehammer legislation portrays them as in Britain illegally.

Tottenham Labour MP David Lammy has ripped aside the flimsy veil of excuses confected by Theresa May, pinning principal blame on the prime minister herself in her previous incarnation as home secretary for intransigent failure to tackle this humanitarian disaster.

His devastatingly direct accusation that May’s adoption of far-right rhetoric laid the basis for this “national day of shame” hit the nail on the head.

For all that May is remembered for having told Tory conference that their party had developed an unenvied reputation as the “nasty party”, her time in the Home Office exemplified it.

She was behind the election stunt of deploying advertising wagons to drive through streets threatening people with jail for overstaying visas.

May was not surprised by the request by 12 Caribbean ambassadors to meet her to discuss this problem. She knew about it two years ago when they first raised it but chose to ignore them.

She thought a hard line on migration would play well with racist voters and be welcomed by right-wing tabloid editors, which explains why she first rejected the ambassadors’ most recent request for a meeting.

It was only when the Daily Mail slammed the government for the blatant villainy of criminalising long-term residents and citizens in every respect bar that established by backdated unjust legislation.

It speaks volumes about what moves May that she was ready to stonewall the ambassadors and ignore hardships inflicted on innocent people until the Mail spoke out.

Her ministers are now trying to make policy on the hoof, uttering reassuring noises, hinting that all will be well but without real commitments and asking people affected to contact the authorities.

The victims are not responsible. It’s not their job to get ministers out of a hole of their own making.

The onus is surely on the government to search its own records, come clean on the full extent of its crimes and sort the matter out once and for all, issuing a sincere and comprehensive apology to all those treated so shabbily.

Corbyn skewers blundering May over Windrush scandal: here.

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