Theresa May's 'Deport First, Appeal Later' Immigration 'Boasts' Blamed For Windrush Scandal

Jamaican immigrants being welcomed by RAF officials in 1948

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme this morning, former Home Office director general of immigration enforcement David Wood said the scandal was "regrettable" and "clearly an unforeseen outcome of the policy".

They have been dubbed the "Windrush generation" after the Empire Windrush, a cruise liner that brought in one of the first groups of West Indian migrants after the war.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd apologised on Monday 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.

Fighting back against accusations of "callous and incompetent" behaviour under her watch, the Prime Minister told MPs that a proposal for disposing of paperwork relating to the arrival of migrants from the Caribbean in the United Kingdom was approved before she took over at the Home Office.

Downing Street declined to give details of the compensation scheme, saying only they would be announced "shortly" by the Home Office.

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She told him: "No, the decision to destroy the landing cards was taken in 2009 under a Labour Government when, as I seem to recall, a Labour home secretary was in position". I have been here from when I was eight.

Rudd also said she wanted illegal migrants who were being housed in detention centres before removal to either be sent back to their origin country, released into the community on licence, or tagged to free up beds for the new people that her immigration enforcement team will be picking up.

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On Friday morning, Lucy Moreton, general secretary of the ISU, the union for borders, immigration and customs staff, said "knee-jerk" decision by May to restrict the discretion of border staff to decide not to deport people sowed the seeds of the Windrush scandal. It has been going on for years.

But in the private memo, Rudd said she believed in the fundamental importance of that hostile environment agenda, which she referred to as the "compliant environment", an attempted rebranding of the policy by ministers a few months earlier.

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

Mrs May is to meet counterparts from Caribbean states this week to discuss problems faced by long-term British residents from the so-called Windrush generation over their immigration status.

Members of Windrush generation who have been unfairly treated by the Home Office will be compensated "where appropriate", Theresa May has said.

The UK government says the three million or so European Union citizens living in the UK will only have to provide a limited amount of information in a process which will take minutes, to secure their right to stay.

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