Sajid Javid appointed Home Secretary after Windrush scandal

Sajid Javid appointed Home Secretary after Windrush scandal

Sajid Javid appointed Home Secretary after Windrush scandal

But, in a sign of the turmoil the issue has caused in Tory ranks, new Home Secretary Sajid Javid distanced himself from the idea of making the United Kingdom a "hostile environment" for illegal migrants.

Javid's appointment provides the Tory party with an opportunity for a reset on immigration - an issue which has dogged the government.

They received indefinite leave to remain, but many who later failed to get their papers in order have been targeted by immigration laws meant to create a "hostile environment" for illegal immigrants.

The pressure had been building on the former banker ever since the emergence of the "appalling" treatment of Caribbean immigrants to the United Kingdom between the 1940s and 1970s - the so-called Windrush generation.

The resignation of Amber Rudd as home secretary late on Sunday night - the fifth cabinet minister Theresa May has lost - is seen by political analysts as considerably weakening the Prime Minister's personal position.

"The resignation of the home secretary must not detract from the fact that this crisis was a direct result of the hostile environment policy".

Britain's interior ministry, or Home Office, is known in government as one of the toughest departments to lead, charged with immigration, the police and security at a volatile time of public spending cuts, Islamist attacks and Brexit talks.

But moving Sajid Javid in, after Amber Rudd took herself out, does not end the prime minister's problems.

Many in May's Conservative Party, welcomed the appointment, with Liz Truss, a treasury minister, writing on Twitter that Javid "is effective, no-nonsense and courageous".


He said: "Sajid Javid is one of the most experienced ministers around the Cabinet table".

The Windrush scandal erupted during the Commonwealth Summit when concerns about migrants, who came to Britain as children between 1948 and 1971 from Caribbean countries, being threatened with deportation and denied access to the National Health Service (NHS) because they have not done the "right paperwork".

"Instead of draconian policies, the government must shift its entire approach to immigration, including regularising undocumented migrants".

May apologized to Caribbean leaders for any "anxiety" caused by the records destruction, which occurred when she was Home Secretary under the previous administration.

The powers the House of Lords is demanding to be given a greater say over the final Brexit deal could force the government back to the negotiating table, and could even be used to halt Britain's departure.

Speaking not long after being appointed, he said he wanted an immigration policy that was "fair" and that "treats people with respect and with decency".

Ms Rudd was replaced by former Communities Secretary Sajid Javid yesterday (Tuesday).

In her resignation letter to May she said: "Since appearing before the select committee, I have reviewed the advice I was given on this issue and become aware of information provided to my office which makes mention of targets".

A Sky Data poll on Monday revealed voters are much more inclined to blame Mrs May for the Windrush scandal than her successor at the Home Office, Ms Rudd.

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