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New UK interior minister vows to resolve immigration scandal

01 May 2018, 08:54 | Floyd Cook

The former secretary of state for Northern Ireland Brokenshire resigned from the cabinet in January this year due to health problems

Sajid Javid

However, Javid repeated the prime minister's message that while dealing with all the problems thrown up by the Windrush scandal, it was right for the government to continue to focus on tackling illegal immigration.

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.

Penny Mordaunt has missed out on becoming the new home secretary after the shock resignation of Amber Rudd last night.

Britain's new interior minister vowed Monday to sort out an immigration scandal shaking the government, saying that as the child of immigrants he was angered by the mistreatment of long-term residents from the Caribbean. Javid said he had asked to see details of the internal targets.

He disowned the name of the "hostile environment" strategy, as Rudd had begun to do before she stood down, although not the policy itself.

On Monday (Tuesday NZT), her replacement was named: Sajid Javid, a successful investor, experienced government minister and the first ethnic minority to hold the position of Home Secretary.

Drawing on his own background as the son of migrants from Pakistan, he told MPs: "When I heard that people who were long-standing pillars of their community were being impacted for simply not having the right documents to prove their legal status in the United Kingdom, I thought that it could be my mum, my brother, my uncle or even me".

"The phrase "hostile" is not a phrase I'm going to use; it's a compliant environment".

Ms Rudd became the fifth senior minister to resign since Mrs May became prime minister in July 2016.

In a Sunday interview which looks like his audition for the job, or an official introduction before Ms Rudd was out of the door, Mr Javid acknowledged his Pakistani parents or indeed he could have fallen victim to the Home Office's wrongful and aggressive questioning of Commonwealth citizens' immigration status. It's also notoriously known as something of a political minefield - May's six-year survival there being an exception.

The "Windrush" scandal has dominated headlines in Britain for days and sparked intense criticism of the Conservative government's tough immigration policies.

In recent weeks, Rudd and May have apologised repeatedly to the Windrush generation, saying all pre-1973 Commonwealth immigrants who don't already have British citizenship will get it, and those affected will get compensation. With Rudd gone, the opposition can shift its focus to the prime minister, though the absence of an obvious successor capable of steering the divided Conservative parliamentary party through the Brexit talks will protect her in the short term at least.

"Now, we have seen the Windrush generation being caught up in way that has caused anxiety among that generation".

The targets, and how they were divided up, were first reported by the BBC. Even May's own Tories said the shabby treatment of the Windrush community was an affront to a British sense of decency and fair play. But the Windrush pensioners struck a nerve.

The SNP's home affairs spokeswoman Joanna Cherry said: "It is the prime minister who has created the fundamental reasons for the Windrush scandal".

"I hope to visit Pakistan in the coming months to finalise a biometric returns agreement with the Pakistani Government", she noted in the leaked letter, which marked the final push for her resignation. "I should have been aware of this, and I take full responsibility that I was not".

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