David Lammy's urgent question on Windrush generation

David Lammy's urgent question on Windrush generation

Ms Rudd announced the creation of a new Home Office taskforce to speed up the regularisation of the immigration status of people who arrived in the United Kingdom as long ago as the 1940s.

Potentially thousands face the threat of deportation and being denied access to healthcare due to United Kingdom paperwork issues and anomalies affecting some immigrants who arrived from former British colonies, largely from the Caribbean.

Can she tell us how many have been denied healthcare under the national health service, how many have been denied pensions and how many have lost their jobs?

The Home Secretary admitted she did not know how many had been deported.

Their legal status changed overnight despite living, working and paying tax in Britain for decades, because they do not have sufficient paperwork to prove they have the right to be in the UK.

"When my parents and others of their generation arrived in this country under the British Nationality Act 1948, they arrived here as British citizens".

Interior minister Amber Rudd is set to announce a team to ensure no one will lose services or entitlements, and that if people apply for new documents, the usual fees will be waived, the BBC reported.

However, Ms Nokes - when asked if Windrush generation residents had been wrongly removed from the United Kingdom - told Channel 4 News: "Potentially they have been and I'm very conscious that it's very much in error, and that's an error that I want to put right".

There is growing anger that long-term British residents have fallen victim to rule changes in 2012 aimed at stopping overstaying.

May's six-year tenure at the interior ministry was marked by a determination to reduce immigration numbers, something she has continued to emphasise as premier and in Brexit negotiations.

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"And 40, 50 years on are being told by the Home Office not that they are just anomalies, but they are illegal immigrants".

Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday reversed an earlier decision and agreed to meet Caribbean Commonwealth leaders while they're in London for a summit this week.

Nearly half a million people left their homes in the West Indies to live in Britain between 1948 and 1970, according to Britain's National Archives.

The letter to the PM was co-ordinated by David Lammy, chairman of the Race and Community All Party Parliamentary Group, and has the backing of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Conservative MPs such as Sarah Wollaston.

A request for a meeting was reportedly refused at the weekend, although Downing Street said the Prime Minister had not been made aware of the approach.

The Home Secretary said high commissioners would have an opportunity to raise any such cases with her at their meeting later this week.

Under the 1971 Immigration Act, all Commonwealth citizens already living in the United Kingdom were given indefinite leave to remain - but the right to free movement between Commonwealth nations was ended from that date onwards.

Unless they are able to produce documents confirming their right to live in the United Kingdom, the Home Office has threatened them with deportation.

The Labour MP has called for an immediate amnesty for anyone who arrived in the United Kingdom as a child between 1948 and 1971, gathering a petition of over 100,000 signatures - the figure needed to potentially trigger a debate in Parliament.

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