David Lammy, Labour MP for the diverse London constituency of Tottenham, and whose parents were part of the Windrush generation, tells it like it is: the Windrush scandal is the logical outcome of Theresa May’s “Hostile Environment” policy.
“If you lay down with dogs you get fleas, and that is what has happened with the far right rhetoric in this country.”Labour MP David Lammy says the “inhumane and cruel” treatment of the Caribbean ‘Windrush generation’ is a “national shame”, while Amber Rudd says she is ”concerned” that the Home Office “sometimes loses sight of the individual”.
YouTube video from Channel 4 News: They came here as children, their families invited by the British Government to help rebuild the country. Decades later many have faced deportation because of strict immigration rules.
From The Guardian: The home secretary, Theresa May, has defended plans to create a “hostile environment” for illegal migrants to Britain, as immigration lawyers warned her that a system of identity checks for all, including British citizens, would have to be introduced to enforce the government’s moves to curb access to privately rented housing and to tackle alleged health tourists.
The warnings come as she publishes her flagship immigration bill on Thursday, which will require immigration checks to be carried out before anyone can open a new bank account, be issued with a driving licence or access routine health treatment.
The Home Office confirmed the bill would:
Require private landlords to check the immigration status of their tenants.
Require temporary migrants, such as overseas students, who have only a “time-limited” immigration status, to make a contribution to the NHS. A £200 levy has been mentioned as an option.
Require banks to check against a database of known immigration offenders before opening a bank account.
Create new powers to check the immigration status of driving licence applicants and to revoke the licences of overstayers.
Introduce a “deport first, appeal later” policy for thousands facing removal who face no “risk of serious irreversible harm” from being sent back, and reduce the grounds for appeal from 17 to four.