Amber Rudd urged to resign over immigrant removal targets
From The Guardian: Amber Rudd faced fresh calls to resign after admitting the Home Office set strict local targets for removing migrants who were in the UK illegally, having previously told MPs her department did not set targets.
The home secretary was hauled back in front of MPs in the House of Commons to answer an urgent question from Labour’s Diane Abbott, after Home Office documents revealed targets were set for voluntary removals.
MPs have said the targets could have led enforcement officers to target “low-hanging fruit” – people living in the UK legally but without the correct documents, like many of the Windrush generation.
Rudd said the Home Office had been “using local targets for internal performance management” but said she would review them.
“I have never agreed there should be specific removal targets and I would never support a policy that puts targets ahead of people,” she said.
“These were not published targets against which performance was assessed. But they were used inappropriately. I am clear they will have to change.”