British Home Secretary Resigns Amid Immigration Scandal
01 May, 2018, 04:48 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
The letter she wrote to Prime Minister Theresa May in January past year, which was published in the GuardianApril 29, mentioned her forthcoming visit to Pakistan to finalize an agreement on biometric returns that would make it easier to deport illegal immigrants to that country.
Many in the British media and online have suggested the resignation is indicative of a government on the verge of collapsing.
A government clampdown on illegal immigration has begun to identify those without papers, scooping up many elderly people from the Windrush generation - named the ship that brought the first group of migrants from the West Indies in 1948.
Sajid Javid, who until now served as the U.K.'s secretary for housing, communities and local government, has already taken Rudd's place.
The British government says they will be allowed to stay and has promised to set up a simple no-fuss registration process.
Mr Javid said his "most urgent" task in his new role is to make sure people caught up in the Windrush fiasco are treated with the "decency and fairness" they deserve.
He said his parents, who migrated from Pakistan to the United Kingdom, would be incredibly proud of his appointment, before adding: "But I haven't called my mum yet".
But the departure of Rudd - the fourth member of May's top leadership team to resign in the past six months - and the appointment of Javid have yet to subdue the scandal.
Javid said that when he saw the plight of the Windrush migrants, "I thought that it could be my mum, my brother, my uncle or even me". My parents came to this country... just like the Windrush generation.
Writing in the Telegraph in 2016, Javid said he was a "Eurosceptic and proud of it". The upper house of parliament on Monday defeated May's government for the seventh time in two weeks by backing changes to legislation that will end Britain's European Union membership in March next year.
Losing a Home Secretary to a scandal-linked resignation is never a good look for a Government.
"Today [Javid] walks into a department that has slashed police budgets and police numbers, presided over a rise in serious violent crime and cultivated an obsession with hardline policies on immigrants, personified by the Windrush scandal".
"They came to this country after the Second World War to help rebuild it, they came from Commonwealth countries, they were asked to come in to (do) work that some people would describe as unattractive - my dad worked in a cotton mill, he worked as a bus driver", he said. Clampdown Immigration control remains a hot topic in Britain and was a factor in the June 2016 vote to leave the EU. Some lost their jobs, others faced difficulty accessing welfare benefits and a few were threatened with deportation.
Last night she went - and this morning we heard who her replacement would be: Sajid Javid. The first was the prime minister's own exposure to the fallout. The resignation of Rudd followed weeks of pressure ever since her statement to the Parliament's Home Affairs Select Committee denying knowledge of any targets to remove illegal migrants from the UK.
May was the longest-serving home secretary in decades before becoming prime minister, and some opposition figures have accused her of drawing up overly harsh immigration policies.
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