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Amber Rudd faces fresh calls to resign in Windrush scandal

27 April 2018

Answering questions from MPs regarding the scandal - concerning predominantly Caribbean migrants who arrived in the United Kingdom from the late 1940s to the 1970s and were deemed illegal immigrants based on legal documentation they could not provide - Rudd previously insisted her office had not used targets for deportations from the United Kingdom.

"And they're calling for Amber Rudd to resign for not knowing how bad is the Home Office was under Theresa May".

The report said the target was "not a useful performance measure" due to the varying nature of cases year to year.

During a hearing on the Windrush children yesterday, Home Affairs Committee chair Yvette Cooper, a Labour MP, asked Rudd when the target for net removals was set.

She vowed to ban them if they were being used "inappropriately".

What the scandalous Windrush saga has demonstrated is that the Home Office simply isn't fit to be left in charge of who comes in and out of this country.

"When that Prime Minister was Home Secretary, meeting those targets would have been made a lot easier by describing people who had every right to be here as not having the right to be here".

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Amber Rudd has announced that she will remove immigration removal targets, one day after claiming that they did not exist.

"I want to make sure we focus more on the individual", Ms Rudd said.

Tory former minister Sir Nicholas Soames said she had the "total support of this side of the House in trying to resolve a very hard legacy issue", while backbencher Philip Davies urged Ms Rudd "not to be knocked off course by the parties opposite on the issue of illegal immigration".

According to a 2015 inspection report, as per The Guardian, the Home Office set a target of 12,000 voluntary departures of illegal immigrants in the United Kingdom in 2015-16, an increase from 7,200 during 2014-15.

Home secretary Amber Rudd is under fire to resign after being forced to apologise in the House of Commons for the fourth time in two weeks, after being accused of lying to parliament about immigration targets.

The fallout from the Windrush scandal continues as conflicting information over whether the Home Office set immigration targets has emerged.

There are three types of enforceable departures: deportations, administrative removals, and voluntary departures. There are impact statements from MPs, there are letters from MPs, and she said she wasn't aware of a pattern.

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The Guardian's Amelia Gentleman, who uncovered the story of the retired Canadian widow who has lived in the United Kingdom for 44 years before being threatened with deportation, asks the same question on Twitter.

She said: "There is a litany of callous incompetence in his department and it is a problem of deliberate policy".

The government has set up a task force to help those affected by the Windrush cases formalise their status.

"We have let you down and I am deeply sorry", she said.

Media captionWho are the Windrush generation?

Responding in Parliament to an urgent question on this apparent falsifying of facts, Rudd admitted that "local" targets for the removal of immigrants was Home Office procedure but denied it extended to national targeting. "I didn't see it as a systemic issue until very recently".

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Amber Rudd faces fresh calls to resign in Windrush scandal