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UK MPs Call for Laws to Ensure Promises Made to 'Windrush Generation' Are Kept

  • People protest in favor of Windrush generation residents in Britain.

    People protest in favor of Windrush generation residents in Britain. | Photo: EFE

Published 29 April 2018

British lawmakers said laws should be passed “without delay” to protect the Windrush generation and their children.

Over 200 British Members of Parliament, or MPs, have signed a letter forwarded to Prime Minister Theresa May urging her to make laws that would ensure promises made to the Caribbean “Windrush' Generation are kept. Backed primarily by lawmakers representing the Labour Party, the letter also accuses Home Secretary Amber Rudd of inventing immigration policies “on the hoof” in an attempt to stave the ongoing scandal, according to The Guardian.

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“We are calling on you (May) to do this by bringing a statutory instrument before parliament to ensure that the measures are implemented as quickly as possible,” the letter read, adding that laws should be passed “without delay” to guarantee the citizen status of the Windrush generation and their descendants.

Even the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has called on Rudd to step down, amid a barrage of criticism claiming that she is mishandling the situation.

While Britain scrambles to find nurses from Jamaica and other former colonies as part of its recruitment program to fill over 34,000 vacancies in its National Health Service (NHS), the government has been threatening to deport, and has denied public services to, scores of older Caribbean-born residents who migrated to Britain between the 1940s and 70s.

Having destroyed thousands of landing slip cards and other immigration documentation of the so-called Windrush Generation residents in 2010, these older residents are now experiencing difficulties with their residential status.

The records were destroyed in 2010 when Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May was serving as Home Secretary. The move came despite warnings that it would make it hard to verify the records of Caribbean-born residents.

Speaking about the database destruction, Sir Bob Kerslake, the former head of the civil service, said some government ministers described May's tenure at the Home Office as being “almost reminiscent of Nazi Germany.”

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