British Prime Minister, and Home Secretary have had to speedily apolgise today, to Carribean people for what the wind rush generation, Jamaican commonwealth citizens who were brought to rebuild Uk after the second world war, have gone through,
The British Prime Minister Theresa May, and Home Secretary have had to speedily had to apolgise today, to Carribean people for what the wind rush generation, Jamaican commonwealth citizens whio were brought to rebuild Uk after the second world war, have gone through, after the Home office, allegedly went into a drive to deport them, strip some of dricing licences, bank accounts, the ability to obtain rental accomodation, benefits and others, yet they rebuilt Britain after the war, served as teachers, bus, train and lorry drivers, builders, nurses and other professions to make Britain, the success it is today.
.HMT Empire Windrush, originally MV Monte Rosa, was a passenger liner and cruise ship launched in Germany in 1930. During the 1930s, she operated as a German cruise ship under the name Monte Rosa. During World War II, she was operated by the German navy as a troopship. She was acquired by the United Kingdom as a prize of war at the end of the war and renamed Empire Windrush. In British service, she continued to be used mainly as a troopship until March 1954, when the vessel caught fire and sank in the Mediterranean Sea with the loss of four crew.
Empire Windrush is best remembered today for bringing one of the first large groups of post-war West Indian immigrants to the United Kingdom, carrying 492 passengers and one stowaway on a voyage from Jamaica to London in 1948. British Caribbean people who came to the United Kingdom in the period after World War II are sometimes referred to as the Windrush generation.
Despite the fact that most of the windrush generation, came here as children under ten, grew up in Britain and have grown up and contributed to British development, regard themselves as British as per status accorded by the Home Office laws in the 1970s, it came as ashock that several were being detained and deported, leaving those whose status has not been regularised in fear, because many cannot prove their residence status even though many have been here for fifty or more years and built Britain.
Most of them who came here as children under their parents passports before changes in the immigration laws in 1973, were now reportedly being asked to prove they are British and have citizenship, in a Uturn they never expected to ever happen in their life time.
The Home Office has also admitted to destroying some landing cards belonging to windrush immigrants as people arrived on those first vessels.
.The Home secretary Amber Rudd has conceded that the Home Office had “lost sight of individuals” and become “too concerned with policy”. Of course that policy, the loss of sight of individuals, stems from one thing only: this government’s hostile environment strategy, introduced by Theresa May when she was home secretary. It is a strategy driven by an obsession with the number of immigrants in the UK, and an even greater obsession with bringing that number down. A strategy informed by rightwing thinktanks, commentators and politicians at the fringes, including Brexiters. And a strategy that is constantly extending its reach, now also affecting EU citizens, of whom I am one.
Decades of contributions by the windrush generation, were completely disregarded because of the ‘hostile environment which caused the incompetence of both government and the Home Office that has destroyed lives. Many are living in fear of deportation; due to how difficult or impossible it is to prove their existence record in the UK.
It is also reported that EU citizens’are also living in fear due to Brexit, in relation to how the Windrush generation have been ‘mistreated’ by the British government, in telling hypocrisy leaving EU citizens: feeling, they cannot trust the UK government to protect their rights. By Sibusiso Ngwenya. source Guardian, starndard and wikipedia
photo- Michael Braithwaite, Sarah O’Connor, Renford McIntyre, Paulette Wilson and Elwaldo Romeo. ‘The treatment of the Windrush generation is as shameful as shameful gets.’ Composite: Alicia Canter/Martin Godwin/David Sillitoe/Fabio De Paola for the Guardian and other photos from Standard