AMBER RUDD should resign as Home Secretary over the Windrush immigration scandal, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said today.
Mr Corbyn said that Ms Rudd had “inherited a failing policy and made it worse,” and it was now time for her to go.
He was referring to the government policies design to construct a “hostile environment” for immigrants, brought in under now-Prime Minister Theresa May when she was home secretary.
Mr Corbyn challenged Ms May to explain why she, during her six years at the Home Office, had ignored warnings from then communities secretary Eric Pickles, Hackney North MP Diane Abbott, and even her own officials about discrimination caused by the measures.
Mr Corbyn cited a 2014 internal Home Office memo which said people would find it harder to find homes due to landlords, as well as front-line public servants workers, being recruited as de facto immigration inspectors.
Ms May insisted her “hostile environment” policies were only targeted at people living in Britain illegally.
However the current scandal involves people born in Commonwealth countries who came to Britain entirely legally, who are now threatened with being cut off from vital services and deportation.
Mr Corbyn said the mistreatment of the Windrush generation is a direct result of Ms May and Ms Rudd’s policies.
He said Ms Rudd had wanted to harden the “cruel and misdirected policy” when she took over from Ms May at the Home Office, saying she pledged to do so “ruthlessly.”
Mr Corbyn told MPs: “A report last month by immigration officials stated the hostile environment measures were not even having the desired effect.
“The current Home Secretary inherited a failing policy and made it worse. Isn’t it time she took responsibility and resigned?”
Tottenham Labour MP David Lammy said that in 2011 he wrote to then immigration minister Damian Green about a constituent who came to Britain in 1956 at the age of four but was told he was no longer allowed to work after 40 years in employment.
He said that Mr Green “wrote to me and basically said: ‘Tough’.”
Mr Lammy asked Ms May to explain what compensation will be available to his constituent who has been unemployed for seven years.
He also called for reassurance that the Home Office wouldn’t use its new hotline for Windrush immigrants as a way of rounding them up for deportation.
Ms May said Ms Rudd will outline the compensation scheme “shortly” and claimed that “there is no question of taking enforcement action when people ring that hotline.”
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