British interior minister faces calls to resign after…

Windrush Scandal

British Interior Minister, Amber Rudd, faced calls to resign on Thursday after a scandal in which Caribbean immigrants, who have lived legally in Britain for decades were being labeled illegal immigrants.

Ms Rudd also admitted she was fighting for her political future amid calls for her to resign over her handling of the Windrush scandal. "But if they were used inappropriately then this will have to change".

Labour Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott was scathing, reminding Rudd of a former Conservative foreign secretary who quit after the Falkland Islands were invaded by Argentina in 1982.

She said she had told the Home Office to take a more proactive role to help people from the Windrush generation in future.

This morning Ms Rudd was forced to admit that the Home Office set performance targets for deportation, prompting renewed calls for her resignation.

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The report said the target was "not a useful performance measure" due to the varying nature of cases year to year.

I have asked officials to provide me with a full picture of performance measurement tools which are used at all levels, and will update the House and the Home Affairs select committee as soon as possible'.

The fallout from the Windrush scandal continues as conflicting information over whether the Home Office set immigration targets has emerged. [The] cruel hostile environment policy by the former home secretary, now prime minister, and continued unabated by the current home secretary.

Hang on. Why has Rudd failed to get a grip of such crucial Home Office policies that affect the lives of so many, and what's the difference between local and national targets? The answer may lie in the power dynamics at the top of government being so delicately poised, that if one big hitter like Rudd was to go, it could signal the collapse of Prime Minister Theresa May's house of cards, and with it the real prospect of a general election or a leadership challenge.

But Labour says officials were under pressure to remove migrants to meet the government's "bogus" target of reducing net migration to less than 100,000 a year.

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The Windrush row erupted after it emerged relatives of migrants from Commonwealth Caribbean countries who settled in the United Kingdom from the late 1940s to the 1970s had been declared illegal immigrants if they could not provide a range of documentation which proved they had lived in the United Kingdom continuously.

"There are some offices which are working with them", Rudd replied.

Moreton previously wrote in Civil Service World that the "ability for the staff in Home Office's operational arm to exercise any discretion has been all but entirely removed" since structural changes made following the sacking of UK Border Force chief executive Brodie Clark in 2011. She added that there was "nothing wrong" with trying to remove people who were here illegally, according to the Guardian.

Voluntary departures are when people who are in the country illegally or those denied leave to remain notify the Home Office with their intention to leave the UK.

Media captionWho are the Windrush generation?

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She said: "There is a litany of callous incompetence in his department and it is a problem of deliberate policy".

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