Home Office immigrant removal targets: what we know

27 April, 2018, 00:37 | Author: Salvatore Jensen
  • Windrush Scandal

The shadow cabinet minister Keir Starmer joined Abbott said that Rudd should address the parliament in order to present the full position on targets.

A powerful Commons committee investigating failures that affected the Windrush generation asked Home Secretary Amber Rudd whether her department has targets for migrant removals during a grilling on Wednesday.

James O'Brien had harsh words for Theresa May.

The Home Secretary made clear she would not resign over the treatment of the Windrush generation, and secured the support of Downing Street and Conservative MPs.

She said: "We don't have targets for removals", adding "if you are asking me if there are numbers of people we expect to be removed that's not how we operate".

"We've seen the letters they were sent".

Many have since been treated as illegal immigrants because they are unable to provide evidence of their right to remain - a problem compounded by the Home Office destroying thousands of their landing cards.

The SNP's home affairs spokeswoman Alison Thewlis also called for Ms Rudd's resignation, saying it was "no surprise" targets existed as there was "a litany of callous incompetence" at the Home Office. "I want to make sure the individual is at the heart of any decision", she said.

Ms Rudd said she never agreed to the use of removal targets: "I would never support a policy that puts targets ahead of people".




Lucy Moreton, general secretary of the Immigration Service Union, had told the MPs a national target, broken down regionally, had been set to remove people in the United Kingdom illegally, and staff were under "increasing pressure".

Lucy Moreton, general secretary of the Immigration Service Union, told the committee that staff had faced "increasing pressure" to meet monthly targets, and that posters highlighting the targets were displayed in Home Office offices.

What the scandalous Windrush saga has demonstrated is that the Home Office simply isn't fit to be left in charge of who comes in and out of this country.

The Guardian's Amelia Gentleman, who uncovered the story of the retired Canadian widow who has lived in the United Kingdom for 44 years before being threatened with deportation, asks the same question on Twitter.

The home secretary said she would "certainly take a look" at the evidence MPs had heard about targets. "Otherwise there can't be real accountability", Starmer said, as per The Guardian.

"These were not published targets against which performance was assessed".

Cooper, who has since described the response as a "complete fudge", then said: "I think we need to clear this up pretty quickly because if there are removals targets in the Home Office and the two people who are supposedly in charge don't know about them, then that feels pretty serious and feels like a kind of lack of grip anywhere in the system". Those leaving in this way are able to approach the Home Office for financial assistance with their travel arrangements. There are impact statements from MPs, there are letters from MPs, and she said she wasn't aware of a pattern.

So far 3,800 calls have been made to the helpline, of which 1,364 were potentially Windrush cases, MPs were told on Wednesday. "I didn't see it as a systemic issue until very recently".

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