British Conservative Windrush scandal update

London demonstrators against governmental deportations

By Ceren Sagir in Britain:

Monday, April 30, 2018

End racism at the Home Office now, campaigners demand

Anti-racists won’t let May off the hook over Windrush scandal

A PROTEST erupted in Parliament Square yesterday to demand justice for those affected by the Windrush scandal following the resignation of home secretary Amber Rudd.

Community groups, trade union leaders and anti-racists were joined by Labour MP David Lammy and Labour MEP Claude Moraes in protest against Prime Minister Theresa May’s “hostile environment” for immigrants.

The demonstration, organised by Stand Up To Racism, coincided with a parliamentary debate on a petition with over 170,000 signatures calling for amnesty for the Windrush generation.

Harold, a speaker at the demo, told the crowd he came from Jamaica in 1987 and that he lost his passport 20 years ago.

He said: “Since then I have been writing to the Home Office. It said it doesn’t have any proof of my right to stay.

“My local MP wrote to the Home Office and it said it had destroyed my file.

“I have been stuck in this country — a relative died in Jamaica and I have been unable to even attend their funeral. It affected me so much.

“I worked as a builder and I’m hurt that the government is telling me lies upon lies while I have spent my money on solicitors over the years.

“Let’s stand up for our rights and show it that we know our rights. We have built this country and worked very hard for this country.”

Tottenham MP Mr Lammy said the hostile environment exists for a “particular type of person that is much bigger than Windrush.

“It is the story of asking landlords, doctors and teachers to police people on who they want to serve and support.

“It is the story of keeping young people from attending university because you charge them fees as if they were overseas students despite having education in this country.

“It’s the story of Yarl’s Wood. That’s what my office sees every single week.”

Mr Moraes said: “In fighting for justice for the Windrush generation we should also remember that other waves of British citizens have and will be affected by UK immigration control.

“In fighting for Windrush we fight to change a system which gave us deportation, removal and detention targets and divided black and Asian British families over decades.

“Windrush is not a one-off. It is a wake-up call to tackle racially discriminatory immigration rules and practices targeting us and our families for many years.”

Stand Up To Racism’s Sabby Dhalu and Weyman Bennett have both said Ms May must take responsibility for the policies that she put in place as Home Secretary and follow Ms Rudd out of Parliament.

Mr Bennett said: “Amber Rudd’s resignation is a victory for all those who opposed this government’s racism.

“My family came with the Windrush. They worked all their lives in the NHS and in public services only for their generation to be treated with disgraceful inhumanity.

“There should be no hostile environment for migrants coming to this country as they have done for hundreds of years. The hostile environment was a racist policy started in 2012 and it has to go.”

A national demonstration is also set to take place this Saturday May 5 at 2pm outside Downing Street.

This video from London, England says about itself:

Hundreds call on Amber Rudd to resign after Windrush controversy – [right-wing] Daily Mail

28 April 2018

Protesters gathered in Parliament Square today to demonstrate against the threat of the Windrush generation being deported after decades of building their lives in the UK. This came the day after it emerged Amber Rudd had been copied in to an internal memorandum which described targets set by the Immigration Enforcement (IE) agency for removing people who had no right to be in the UK. Ms Rudd announced on Thursday that she is scrapping deportation targets which were brought in under Theresa May, which she claimed she knew nothing about.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Monday, April 30, 2018

The Windrush scandal is a consequence of Theresa May‘s policies – a change at the Home Office doesn’t alter that

ANYONE expecting Sajid Javid [Amber Rudd’s successor as Conservative Home Secretary] to behave less inhumanely than his immediate predecessors towards immigrants, refugees or even British citizens unable to lay their hands on half-century-old documents shouldn’t hold their breath.

Put aside hopes that his own migrant background, Pakistani bus driver father and seven family members living in two rooms over a shop will encourage empathy from the new Home Secretary.

Whatever his origins, he is a hard-boiled Tory banker who bought into the Thatcherite philosophy that poor people deserve what they get — nothing.

Javid religiously admires United States far-right ideologist Ayn Rand, prophetess of the claim that selfishness is supposedly a virtue.

Sajid Javid: New UK Home Secretary’s links to tax-evading bank and Grenfell response in spotlight: here.

Having benefited from hapless Amber Rudd’s forced resignation — because of a combination of acute amnesia and inability to tell the truth — from the job of Theresa May’s human shield, Javid was asked if he will end net migration targets and the Home Office’s “hostile environment” for migrants.

He waffled on about fairness and “a policy that treats people with respect and decency.”

Did May really spend six years creating that environment in the Home Office, followed in like vein by her absent-minded acolyte Rudd, only to appoint Javid to knock it all into a cocked hat?

The Prime Minister, who still regards the Home Office as her fiefdom, will expect Javid to follow in her, and Rudd’s, footsteps and is unlikely to be disappointed.

A Home Office hostile environment will continue as long as May decides that it should, which is why she must answer in Parliament for the mess she has created.

Despite her performance at last week’s Prime Minister’s Questions, when she repeated ad nauseam that the children of the Windrush generation are British citizens and must enjoy equal rights with everyone else, her efforts to show that Labour was confusing these people with “illegal” immigrants were disingenuous.

She didn’t acknowledge — nor has she since — that the only confusion created was her responsibility.

Her Immigration Act 2014 had retrospectively placed thousands of Windrush children in jeopardy and, when this was pointed out to her then and subsequently, she did nothing.

This caused British citizens to be sacked from their jobs, denied healthcare, prevented from travel and threatened with deportation to countries where they were born but, in many cases, had never since visited.

How many of these citizens were targeted because of removal targets set during May’s tenure at the Home Office that Rudd later claimed to be unaware of and over which she “inadvertently” misled Parliament?

Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott is right to insist that May answers to MPs about her own role in creating the removal targets and the hostile environment.

She, Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell can ask these questions with a clear conscience because they opposed the draconian restrictions imposed by both Tories and Labour on immigrant rights.

Abbott’s reference to Labour being under “new management” and taking “human rights and fair rules and reasonable management of migration very seriously” chimes with present public opinion.

When May ignored advice about the consequences of the Immigration Act, she did so because she thought she could get away with it and would gain her party extra votes by adopting a “tough” persona by chucking black people out of Britain.

The public response to the injustices perpetrated against the Windrush children shows that most British people are less racist than May, Rudd and her Cabinet colleagues.

Tory frontbenchers are currently bemoaning the tragedy of the “honourable” Rudd for having to walk the plank, but their sympathy would be far better extended to the victims of the heartless immigration policies championed by her and May and backed by their MPs.

Rudd gone – May government and British capitalism next: here.

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