Windrush: no right to appeal for '5,000 affected migrants'

Windrush: no right to appeal for ‘5,000 affected migrants’

PROMISE: Sajid Javid has vowed to ‘do right’ by those caught up in the scandal

THE HOME OFFICE hotline set up in the aftermath of the Windrush crisis has identified 5,000 Caribbean-born UK residents that have encountered problems with immigration, home secretary Sajid Javid has revealed.

Javid’s department has said those who are rejected under the scheme will have no right to appeal.

The Windrush immigration taskforce announced by former home secretary Amber Rudd has received more than 13,000 calls since it was set up five weeks ago.

More than 850 people who have made appointments through the taskforce have now received their immigration documentation.

Labour MP Yvette Cooper, chairperson of the Commons Home Affairs Committee, said: “I’m extremely concerned they rule out any appeals or reviews of Windrush decisions. Given the history of this, how can anyone trust Home Office not to make further mistakes?

“If the home secretary is confident that senior caseworkers will be making good decisions in Windrush cases, he has nothing to fear about appeals and reviews.”

Diane Abbott responded to the government’s written statement on immigration, highlighting the need for more information on the status of members of the Windrush generation.

Abbott said: “There is also no further information on the deportations, and none at all on immigration detention of any the Windrush generation or how many were bullied into so-called voluntary removals. All these issues still need to be addressed.”

Senior officials Hugh Ind, director-general of immigration enforcement, and Patsy Wilkinson, who works on the department’s borders and free movement policy, are leaving the Home Office.

Ind is moving to a Cabinet Office role, while Wilkinson is transferring to a national security role outside the department.

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