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Windrush cases must be dealt with better, says minister

Windrush cases must be dealt with better, says minister
From BBC - April 16, 2018

The government must do "a better job" in dealing with the Windrush generation facing deportation from the UK, Penny Mordaunt has said.

The international development secretary told the BBC there is "no question of their right to remain" in the UK.

Many long-term immigrants who arrived from the Commonwealth as children have been told they are here illegally.

More than 100 MPs from across the parties have signed a letter to Theresa May asking for urgent action.

Guy Hewitt, Barbados high commissioner, said a meeting request from Caribbean leaders to discuss the issue with the prime minister this week was rejected by the government.

The Home Office said delegates at this week's Commonwealth heads of government meeting in London will be able to speak to the prime minister about the situation.

Meanwhile, a petition on the government's website calling on the Home Office to grant them an amnesty has attracted the 100,000 signatures required to be considered for a debate in Parliament.

Thousands of people, known as the Windrush generation, arrived in the UK as children in the first wave of Commonwealth immigration 70 years ago.

Under the 1971 Immigration Act, all Commonwealth citizens already living in the UK were given indefinite leave to remain - but the right to free movement between Commonwealth nations was ended from that date onwards.

However, the Home Office did not keep a record of those granted leave to remain or issue any paperwork confirming it, meaning it is difficult for the individuals to now prove they are in the UK legally.

Ms Mordaunt said she wanted to reassure those affected after claims that some were facing deportation and being denied access to healthcare over UK paperwork issues.

She told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "People who are in that situation, there is absolutely no question of their right to remain, and their right to gain access to services such as healthcare.

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