Windrush detentions: Immigration minister Caroline Nokes


Thousands of people arrived in the United Kingdom as children in the first wave of Commonwealth immigration 70 years ago.

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.

Dubbed the Windrush generation after the cruise ship that brought one of the first large groups of West Indians to Britain, anyone who entered the United Kingdom before 1973 is legally entitled to live in the country.

However, despite having been in the United Kingdom for the majority of their lives, the group of British residents have begun to experience issues as a result of tightened United Kingdom immigration requirements. Often they did not formally apply for British citizenship or a passport.

"Awful. I won't let them get away with this".

Thousands of British residents who arrived from the Caribbean are suddenly being denied basic rights after being incorrectly identified as illegal immigrants.

The BBC advanced that Home Secretary Amber Rudd would be making a statement to the Commons on the crisis.

Labour have pointed to changes to United Kingdom immigration law introduced while the Prime Minister herself was in charge of the Home Office.

It is estimated as many as 50,000 Windrush generation residents are facing problems. She couldn't, however, confirm the number of people who ended up being deported following the Home Office's draconian immigration policies.

"Theresa May must apologise for this mess which has taken place as a direct outcome of the hostile environment she created". Our Govt invited the Windrush Generation to Britain as citizens to rebuild our country in the wake of WWII.

Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesperson Ed Davey accused the Home Office of "seriously failing" the Windrush generation.

According to The Guardian, No 10 Downing Street was asked by representatives of 12 Caribbean countries for a meeting with Theresa May, as part of this week's Commonwealth Heads of Government summit.

A Home Office official said the rejection had been because the subject of the meeting was not clear.

Barbados high commissioner to the UK, Guy Hewitt, claimed he had initially been told the Prime Minister's schedule was "full" this week.

May only became aware of a request for a meeting on Monday morning, and will discuss the issue with counterparts from Caribbean nations this week, her spokesman said.

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

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".