Author: Mikey Smith
David Lammy said he was ‘disgusted’ at the letter, which warned his constituent he could be ‘removed’ from the country at any time
The Home Office sent a Windrush migrant a ‘disgusting’ letter, threatening him with deportation within seven days, after living in Britain for 51 years.
The man was sent the letter three years ago, and has been living in fear of deportation ever since.
The letter, revealed on Twitter by his MP, David Lammy, told the man he faced ‘removal’ because he was unable to “show evidence of lawful entry because you cannot produce the passport on which you claim to have entered the UK.”
Mr Lammy said his constituent had come to Britain from Jamaica in the 1960s.
He wrote: “He has shown me his letter from the Home Office telling him that he will be deported despite having a National Insurance card from 1974 & NHS documentation from 1964.”
Mr Lammy demanded Home Secretary Amber Rudd “sort this” today.
He said: “Why is my constituent being treated like an illegal immigrant despite providing documentation from 1964? This is an outrageous miscarriage of justice. Grant him his citizenship and passport.
And he added: “I have had 6 Windrush cases come in this morning already at it is only half past 11.
“Each case is heartbreaking and an utterly shameful indictment of this government. I am so angry at the way my constituents have been treated.
“The scale of this crisis is absolutely unfathomable.”
Amber Rudd announced yesterday that the process for Windrush migrants confirming their citizenship will be simplified, and fees waived, in the wake of the scandal.
She promised that they would not be required to show documents they don’t have, or perform language or tests about life in the UK.
Ms Rudd told the House of Commons fees for any children of the Windrush generation who need to apply for naturalisation and charges associated with returning to the UK for people who have retired to their countries of origin after making their lives here would also be waived.
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She acknowledged that measures to tackle illegal immigration from all governments have had an “unintended and sometimes devastating” impact on people from the Windrush generation who are here legally but have struggled to get documentation to prove their status.
She told the House of Commons: “We were too slow to realise there was a group of people that needed to be treated differently”.