Rudd said she didn’t see the memo, but The Guardian later published a leaked letter she wrote to the prime minister discussing an aim of increasing removals by 10 percent.
Lawmaker Sajid Javid replaced Amber Rudd, who resigned late Sunday, saying she had “inadvertently” misled lawmakers about whether the government had deportation targets.
“Not often we get to say this, but Theresa May has made the right choice”, agrees the Financial Times’ Sebastian Payne in a tweet.
Bus driver’s son Javid is the son of a Pakistani bus driver who arrived in Britain in 1961 with one pound in his pocket.
The scandal emerged soon after it was learned that some representatives of the Windrush generation or their relatives had been declared illegal migrants due to the absence of official papers confirming their status.
While aimed at ending the scandal, Javid’s appointment may also signal a shift on Brexit.
Mr Javid told the Sunday Telegraph the Windrush scandal felt “very personal” to him, coming from a family of immigrants. My parents came to this country… just like the Windrush generation.
“The Windrush scandal has rightly shone a light on an important issue for our country”, Rudd said in a resignation letter to May.
Sajid Javid is not particularly a close ally of the prime minister herself.
Brexiteers didn’t shed tears over the departure of Rudd, who was once considered a leading candidate for the Conservative Party leadership and was a prominent pro-E.U. voice during the June 2016 referendum over Britain’s future in the bloc.
In 2016, Javid showed loyalty to then PM David Cameron by backing Remain in the European Union referendum.
Local government and communities minister Javid was the favourite to succeed Ms Rudd at the Home Office. He also served as business secretary.
The crisis has focused attention on May, who as interior minister set out to create a “really hostile environment” for illegal immigrants, imposing tough new requirements in 2012 for people to prove their legal status. Some lost their jobs, others faced difficulty accessing welfare benefits and a few were threatened with deportation.
May was the longest-serving home secretary in decades before becoming prime minister, and some opposition figures have accused her of drawing up overly harsh immigration policies.
He becomes the country’s first Home Secretary from an ethic minority background.
“She has inherited a Home Office with a culture of bullying and mistreating migrants and a system that is broken and corrupt”.
The reason provided for Rudd’s resignation was that she inadvertently misled parliament through statements which were revealed to be inaccurate, while the government has denied any suggestion that the policy itself was at fault.
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.
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