UK Politics: Theresa May has created hostility to all immigrants

It’s not just Windrush. Theresa May has created hostility to all immigrants

There has been no bureaucratic snafu. The error was that the dragnet picked up some people who fall into a popular sympathy sweet spot

Theresa May, then home secretary, at the Conservative party conference in Manchester in 2011. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

To the politicians who presided over a long-term policy to use every means possible to reject and eject as many people from the UK, regardless of extenuating circumstances or status (up to and including whether they came to the country as British subjects or citizens), the Windrush scandal appears to be an aberration.

Amber Rudd called the treatment “appalling”, as if she had no responsibility for it as the current home secretary. Caroline Nokes, the immigration minister, revealed that there had been deportations but that she did not know how many, and that the situation “as a minister” had “appalled” her.          READ MORE

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/apr/19/windrush-theresa-may-immigrants

 

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  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On April 20, 2018 at 11:42 am

    These are troubling signs for all immigrant populations worldwide.

  • guyaneseonline  On April 21, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    Theresa May Announces Compensation for Windrush generation

    Prime Minister Theresa May has said that members of the Windrush generation who have been treated unfairly by the Home Office are to be compensated “where appropriate”.
    The PM said money will be offered to resolve “anxieties and problems”.

    Some immigrants who came to the UK from the Commonwealth decades ago have been threatened …
    You may view the latest post at   https://caribbeannewsservice.com/now/theresa-may-compensation-for-windrush-generation/

  • Mark  On April 22, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    Unfortunately, many of the people who create this xenophobia and racism against immigrants are the ones who will be flocking to Guyana to fill that 200,000 expats needed spot, turning Guyana into South Africa.

    It’s a shame how Europeans in North America and Europe are targeting immigrants and racial minorities while they are taking over poorer countries. In Jamaica, the Europeans, Americans and Chinese are becoming a majority in Jamaica, that local Jamaicans sometimes joke and say that the foreigners are taking over their country.

    However it is not a joking matter when local Jamaicans are forced to leave their country to live in ghettos and shanty towns in North America and Europe while the locals in North America and Europe are affluent enough to have several mansions in Jamaica.

    If locals in North America and Europe hate immigrants, then immigrants should not respect Europeans when they invade their countries through stealth and economic colonization.

  • Clyde Duncan  On April 28, 2018 at 9:28 am

    Editorial

    When Dark-Skinned Citizens Lose Their Citizenship

    Editorial Board | The New York Times

    The editorial board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher. It is separate from the newsroom and the Op-Ed section.

    The Windrush scandal in Britain is, on one level, uniquely British. It’s about people who were brought from Britain’s Caribbean colonies after World War II to help rebuild England and then, decades later, discarded. But it is also a bitter parable of how governments in prosperous Western societies — the United States of America very much among them — have turned on dark-skinned migrants as alien interlopers.

    These immigrants are known as the “Windrush generation” after the ship that brought the first large group of West Indians to London in June 1948, at the invitation of the British government, to fill a postwar labor shortage. More arrived over the next quarter-century, many with children.

    Born in British colonies, they held British citizenship under laws in force at the time and rightly presumed that they were fully entitled to live and work in Britain. Immigration laws were tightened after 1962, eventually putting an end to large-scale migration from the Commonwealth.

    The current problems for the Windrush-era migrants began in 2012 when the government, with Theresa May as home secretary, cracked down on illegal immigrants, making it necessary for them to document their right to government benefits, including health services.

    Many people born in Caribbean countries arrived as children on their parents’ passports and had never applied for their own travel or immigration documents; many others took their status for granted.

    The Home Office did not keep records that would have confirmed their status, and a Home Office whistle-blower revealed that thousands of landing cards from the 1950s and ’60s, which would have confirmed the migrants’ arrival dates, had been destroyed during a move. As The Guardian chronicled in a series of articles, the callousness of the bureaucracy led many to be threatened with deportation, denied health services, fired, left homeless or stateless.

    Mrs. May, now Britain’s prime minister, recently apologized to the many thousands of people affected, but she deserves little credit. As home secretary she set the stage for the scandal by pledging to create a “really hostile environment” for illegal immigrants, and it was only when public outrage soared, and leaders of former British colonies had gathered in London for a Commonwealth meeting, that she said, “We are genuinely sorry.”

    The British government has now set up a special team to urgently affirm the legal rights of these migrants and reimburse them for their losses. That is the least it should do.

    Nothing can really compensate them for the hell many went through. Nor do the apology or belated fixes change the fact that this was due to the government’s hostility to immigrants, and especially immigrants of color.

    The same official hostility can be found in many parts of Europe toward Middle Eastern refugees and in the Trump administration’s policy toward immigrants from Central America.

    When Mrs. May speaks of creating a hostile environment for immigrants; or Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orban, says that with mass immigration “our worst nightmares can come true”; or President Trump describes immigrants as criminals, they feed a hostility that spreads through bureaucracy, law enforcement and the public.

    And they inflict suffering even on those like the Windrush generation, people who have lived and worked for 50 years in a country they believe to be their own.

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