Published: Tue, May 01, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Sajid Javid appointed Home Secretary after Windrush scandal

Sajid Javid appointed Home Secretary after Windrush scandal

The harsh treatment of the "Windrush generation" apparently stems from a policy introduced by May during her tenure as interior minister between 2010 and 2016, which called for creating a "hostile environment" for illegal immigrants.

Sajid Javid said his parents came to the United Kingdom from the Commonwealth in the 1960s, and he was "personally committed, and invested, in resolving the difficulties faced by the people of the Windrush generation".

"This is very much a government that built their approach to immigration on the idea that there is no such thing as a policy that is too anti-immigration".

They came to symbolize the seismic demographic changes that took place in post-war Britain, when hundreds of thousands of people came to the United Kingdom from former British colonies, known as the Commonwealth.

Ms Rudd told MPs last week the Home Office did not have targets for removing illegal immigrants, but on Sunday The Guardian published a letter in which Ms Rudd set out her "ambitious but deliverable" aim to deport 10% more illegal immigrants over the "next few years" to Theresa May.

Members of the public want the Government to deal with people who have no right to be in the country, the Prime Minister insisted.

Downing Street sources said that in preparing for her statement, new information had become available which convinced Rudd she had inadvertently misled parliament and she had therefore phoned May on Sunday to tender her resignation.

Her position on deportations came against the backdrop of her departments' handling of the "Windrush generation", men and women from the Caribbean who arrived legally in Britain in the 1950s and 60s, but who have struggled to prove their status amid the crackdown on illegal immigration.

Although a supporter of remaining in the EU, Javid has described himself as being a Eurosceptic, telling the Daily Telegraph that he had "no time for ever-closer union".

This is what shoppers in Chatham said when asked if she was right to resign. It is one of the four great offices of state in British politics along with prime minister, foreign secretary and finance minister, and also one of the toughest.

Before the furore over Windrush and immigration targets erupted, the Home Office was already coming under mounting pressure after a spate of deadly violence in London. He's also an experienced minister, who has been at several departments without major calamities.

Theresa May conducted a hurried mini-reshuffle after Amber Rudd finally gave in to calls for her resignation over the Windrush scandal.

Her departure now puts May in the firing line because the opposition in Britain is unlikely to keep quiet on the issue after Rudd's resignation.

Rudd's departure from the government is a massive blow to May, who was her immediate predecessor in the Home Office.

James Brokenshire - who stepped back from his role as Northern Ireland secretary while he received treatment for cancer - will replace Javid at the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government, while worldwide development secretary Penny Mordaunt will take on the women and equalities brief vacated by Rudd.

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