Amber Rudd grilled by MPs over Windrush scandal

Windrush Scandal

Ms Cooper said the Prime Minister had been "hiding" behind ministers and officials in the wake of the damaging debacle, which saw British residents mistakenly threatened with deportation.

Her admissions to the Commons home affairs select committee will raise further questions about her grip on the Home Office.

It's business as usual in the UK's Home Office - charged as it is in dealing with current immigration policies implemented by both Labour and Tory governments.

Jeremy Corbyn attacked the "hostile environment" for illegal migrants created when Theresa May was home secretary and claimed "she knew full well" of the immigration problems faced by the Windrush generation.

Fuming at this point, Ms Cooper brought the knife down on Mrs May: "And when the high commissioners told us this morning that they had warned the Foreign Office about the Windrush generation immigration problems in 2016, what did she do?" The public apology given by the Prime Minister to those affected and to Commonwealth leaders demanding guarantees of remedial action does little to address the injustices even with promises of compensation.




The policing of United Kingdom immigration policy has become a national scandal, with critics blaming that policy has been conducted in a spirit of hostility - as far back as when Theresa May was still Home Secretary.

"It is not fair to those people who work hard, who have a right to be here, who've contributed to this country, if they see people who are here illegally being given the same access to rights and services".

Responding to questions from MPs about the so-called "Windrush" scandal, in which migrants who arrived in the United Kingdom decades ago were denied medical treatment or jobs following demands for paperwork they could not provide, she said that preventing unjustified deportations was her priority.

"So I don't think we can point the finger at the Conservative administration, but yes we totally accept responsibility now and for the situation that we are in now and that's why it's very important that the Government has made clear commitments to make it right..." Ms Rudd told MPs she bitterly regretted her failure to grasp the scale of the scandal sooner.

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