Denton and Reddish MP, Andrew Gwynne, has co-signed a letter to the Prime Minister expressing concern about the many Commonwealth-born, long-term British residents who have been incorrectly identified as illegal immigrants and calling on her to find a “swift resolution of this growing crisis”.
Many long-term immigrants who arrived from the Commonwealth as children in the 1940s have been told they are here illegally; in response over 100 MPs have co-signed a letter to the PM asking her to do more. The letter was written by David Lammy MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Race and Community, and has been signed by Jeremy Corbyn, the Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee, Yvette Copper MP, as well as the Conservative MPs Sarah Wollaston, Bob Blackman and Peter Bottomley. The letter urges the PM to find an “effective, humane route” to resolve an immigration anomaly that has caused “undue stress, anxiety and suffering” to many.
Last week at a meeting of the Commonwealth heads of government Downing Street rejected a formal diplomatic request to discuss the immigration problems being experienced by some Windrush-generation British residents, rebuffing a request from the representatives of 12 Caribbean countries for a meeting with Theresa May. The refusal from Number 10 has had the effect that Caribbean diplomats have been left with the impression that the UK government is not taking a sufficiently serious approach to the problem that is affecting large numbers of long-term UK residents who came to Britain as children.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“The news that Windrush kids, who were educated, worked and lived in this country for over half a century, are finding it difficult to establish legal status is very serious. I find it staggering that it has taken a letter from over 140 MPs to force the Government to act.
“I am although encouraged by the news emerging from Number 10 today that Theresa May has decided to climb down from her previous position and now wants to put things right – we will hold her to that.”