The Windrush scandal hasn’t come about by accident – this is what happens when you let dog whistle racism go mainstream

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How much are the goings on at the Home Office motivated by some people seeing members of the Windrush generation as not quite British?

The Windrush scandal hasn’t come about by accident – this is what happens when you let dog whistle racism go mainstream

“The aim is to create, here in Britain, a really hostile environment for illegal immigrants,” said Theresa May in 2012.

My how the Home Office has done what its then secretary of state charged it with doing. And we thought it was filled with incompetents.

As has become brutally clear with the developing scandal over how it has treated the Windrush generation, a hostile environment has also been created for British citizens.

May, in her current role as prime minister, might have apologised to the leaders of Caribbean nations, but the members of that generation, and their descendants, are still having to battle to prove they have the right to live here to a government department that destroyed their disembarkation cards and repeatedly changed its rules to make that harder to do.

Calls for the current Home Secretary Amber Rudd to resign are entirely justified given what has happened. But I would argue that it isn’t her head alone that should be on the block.

MORE:

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/windrush-scandal-british-citizens-commonwealth-racism-home-office-immigration-a8310481.html

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