British government apologises for treatment of 'Windrush generation' of migrants

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The death of Dexter Bristol heaped pressure on the home secretary, Amber Rudd, to resign, but she is said to be furious at having to deal with the fallout of policies implemented when Theresa May was at the Home Office.

The landing cards, which were filled out by Commonwealth migrants arriving in the United Kingdom, a process which began with the Empire Windrush ship in 1948, had been stored in the basement of an office in Croydon. Downing Street said disposing of documents had been the right decision to take while the Home Office said the information had limited use and keeping them could have broken data protection laws.

He says: "It was a shock because I have always thought I was legal, I was British".

The Windrush generation comprise people who came to Britain between 1948 and 1971 from the Caribbean, originally to help it rebuild after the war.

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". I have been here from when I was eight.

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Mr Bryan, who came to Britain from Jamaica in 1965, was held in a detention centre twice for almost three weeks past year. I want to be absolutely clear that we have no intention of asking anyone to leave who has the right to remain here.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, Ms Rudd said she had an "ambitious" plan of "arresting, detaining and forcibly removing illegal migrants", which she meant to "ruthlessly" prioritise with funding earmarked for crime fighting.

A taskforce created by the Home Office to examine concerns related to the Windrush scandal is dealing with more than 100 cases just days after its creation, it has emerged.

The culture that agenda inspired has been widely blamed for members of the Windrush-era generation being threatened in recent months with deportation and denied access to housing, healthcare and jobs.

"There should be a group exemption for people who fall in this category - a group of Caribbean migrants who came here as children", said Ms Abbott.

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"It is not a new situation". Mozi Haynes, whose mother was from the Windrush Generation, was supposed to be removed today, but Lammy said this would be reviewed.

"This has caused so much misery and ruined so many people's lives".

On Thursday, Nick Clegg, who was deputy prime minister from 2010 to 2015, said May's Home Office had pursued "nasty politics" over immigration.

Mr Corbyn challenged the Prime Minister to take responsibility for the decision, telling MPs: "This is a shameful episode and the responsibility for it lies firmly at the Prime Minister's door".

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