Amber Rudd MP: Resign over the Windrush scandal

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Amber Rudd has, as Home Secretary, presided over one of the worst immigration and citizenship scandals in living memory. The "Windrush Generation" of immigrants came here before 1971 as British citizens, and have been being harassed and threatened with deportation, causing deep distress to people whose homes have been in Britain all their lives.

The extent of the damage to the lives of some individuals is only slowly becoming clear as more and more stories come to light. Under the Home Office's "hostile environment" policy, Windrush immigrants are sometimes being asked to provide paperwork for every year they lived in the UK, from being a small child onwards, to avoid deportation to countries they have never really known. Some have been refused access to basic public services such as healthcare: for those threatened with deportation, the callously ignorant Home Office guidance recommends potential deportees "Try to be 'Jamaican'", including suggesting that people try to fake a local accent. The Home Secretary has been publicly claiming to still be uncertain of the scale of the problem, and has even suggested publicly that they will need to ask recipient countries to find out how many unwarranted deportations have taken place - making it clear that this situation has been managed not only without compassion but without competence.

It is entirely clear that, as Home Secretary, Amber Rudd has failed to effectively manage immigration enforcement. In pursuing the hostile environment policy originally developed by the Prime Minister, the Home Office has created a climate of fear where innocent people have been being stripped of their homes, rights, and citizenship. A scandal of this magnitude is one for which the Home Secretary must take personal responsibility, and we the undersigned demand that she do the decent thing and submit her resignation.

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