Published: Fri, April 27, 2018
Money | By Michele Stevens

Amber Rudd faces pressure to resign over immigration scandal

Amber Rudd faces pressure to resign over immigration scandal

For almost two weeks, British ministers have been struggling to explain why some descendants of the so-called "Windrush generation", invited to Britain to plug labor shortfalls between 1948 and 1971, had been labeled as illegal immigrants.

'The immigration arm of the Home Office has been using local targets for internal performance management.

"I have never agreed that there should be specific removal targets and I would never support a policy that puts targets ahead of people".

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

She vowed to ban them if they were being used "inappropriately". "I am clear they will have to change".

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"These were not published targets against which performance was assessed". "I'm confident that we will see a marked change in tone".

She was asked to produce a "list of information", Furniss said, including her parents' passports, school records, medical records "and so fourth. and she was just absolutely shocked. she did feel very upset".

Downing Street said the Prime Minister has full confidence in Ms Rudd and she is "working hard to address concerns which are raised in relation to Windrush and is working to put them right".

Ms Abbott said the revelations were part of a long-running saga of home office mistreatment of migrants, including the Windrush families.

On Wednesday Ms Rudd denied targets were used, when she faced MPs investigating the problems faced by the Windrush generation.

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Lucy Moreton, general secretary of the Immigration Service Union, had told the MPs a national target, broken down regionally, had been set to remove people in the United Kingdom illegally, and staff were under "increasing pressure". Cabinet ministers Michael Gove and Sajid Javid sat beside her on the front bench for her statement.

He said the question had now arisen as to "whether that's gone too far" and said Rudd had asked the Home Office to "row back from that and to introduce more face-to-face and more subjectivity, or judgement, into the process as opposed to only looking at evidence". The answer may lie in the power dynamics at the top of government being so delicately poised, that if one big hitter like Rudd was to go, it could signal the collapse of Prime Minister Theresa May's house of cards, and with it the real prospect of a general election or a leadership challenge.

Upon questioning, Ms Rudd replied: "We don't have targets for removals". This was after Home Office documents showed that targets had been stipulated for voluntary removals of undocumented immigrants, The Guardian reported.

However, a 2015 inspection report by the independent chief inspector of borders and immigration has revealed that targets were in place to achieve 12,000 "voluntary departures" of people without the legal right to remain in the UK. It is not clear whether the target is still in force.

The government is likely to stick to its target of reducing net migration to less than 100,000 a year, however.

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Rudd was forced to return to the House of Commons on Thursday morning to face questions from MPs, who argued she had misled the committee.

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