Some "terrible mistakes" have been made over the Government's treatment of the Windrush generation who came to the United Kingdom from the Commonwealth 70 years ago, the immigration minister has admitted. This should not happen to people who have been longstanding pillars of our community.
Britain's interior minister Amber Rudd on Monday apologised to thousands of British residents who arrived from the Caribbean decades ago and are now being denied basic rights after being incorrectly identified as illegal immigrants. She couldn't, however, confirm the number of people who ended up being deported following the Home Office's draconian immigration policies.
After much pressure, Cabinet minister Caroline Nokes admits "terrible mistakes" were made when deporting members of the WIndrush generation.
She added: "This issue came to light because measures introduced in recent years to make sure only those with a legal right to live here can access things like NHS treatment and rented accommodation, meaning people must now be able to prove their status".
"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".
"After World War II we invited the Windrush Generation over as citizens to help rebuild our country, and now their children are being treated like criminals".
"People don't need formal records".
Downing Street's change of heart followed the publication of a letter sent to the prime minister, Theresa May, and signed by more than 140 MPs from across the political spectrum. The letter, written by Labour MP David Lammy, the chair of the all-party parliamentary group on race and community, called on the government to resolve the issue, which Lammy said had caused "undue stress, anxiety and suffering".
In a tweet accompanying the article, the Home Office said Nokes "dispels the myth that this government is clamping down on Commonwealth citizens".
The British government last week refused a request from the high commissioners of 12 Caribbean nations for a dedicated meeting on this subject at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London this week.
Mrs May is to meet her counterparts from Caribbean states in the margins of the Commonwealth summit in London on Tuesday amid growing anger about individuals facing the threat of deportation and being denied access to healthcare due to United Kingdom paperwork issues.