British PM May defends illegal immigration targets after minister resigns

Amber Rudd took over from Theresa May as Home Secretary in July 2016

Amber Rudd took over from Theresa May as Home Secretary in July 2016

He pledged to strike out in a new policy direction, telling MPs he did not like the phrase "hostile environment" in relation to immigration.

In the wake of the Windrush scandal that saw people with the legal right to live in the United Kingdom threatened with deportation, Labour has moved its focus from Rudd to May.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has sought to draw a distinction between the resignation of former Home Secretary Amber Rudd from her post on Sunday and the so-called "hostile environment" policy pursued at the Home Office when Mrs.

When asked if she should take some personal responsibility for her home secretary's resignation, Mrs. May would have fired Mr. Javid if she had won last yer'as general election with an increased majority.

"Since appearing before the Select Committee, I have reviewed the advice I was given on this issue and become aware of the information provided to my office which makes mention of targets".

Labour MP David Lammy, a vocal critic of the United Kingdom government's treatment of the Windrush generation, tweeted a reference to The Wire's legendary character, Omar, in response to the resignation of British Home Secretary Amber Rudd.

Much has been made of the fact that Javid is the "son of a Pakistani bus driver" - less of the fact that he is a former investment banker. "So POTUS has endorsed the views of a vile, hate-filled racist organisation that hates me and people like me".

Britons, overall, would likely not be too upset with a government that pushed illegal immigrants out.

The targets, and how they were divided up, were first reported by the BBC. Even May's own Tories said the shabby treatment was an affront to British decency.

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In recent weeks, Rudd and May have apologised repeatedly to the Windrush generation, saying all pre-1973 Commonwealth immigrants who don't already have British citizenship will get it, and those affected will get compensation.

But some doubted whether he would soften the approach to immigration.

The signatories are predominantly Labour MPs but politicians from the Liberal Democrats, SNP, Plaid Cymru and the Green Party - as well as one Conservative - also feature.

Theresa May conducted a hurried mini-reshuffle after Amber Rudd finally gave in to calls for her resignation over the Windrush scandal.

The Windrush scandal is also causing anxiety for the 3 million European Union citizens living in Britain who are concerned about their immigration status after the country leaves the EU next March. He is not particularly an ardent Remainer - although his appointment retains the balance on the vital Brexit cabinet committee.

The department is one of the toughest to lead, responsible for immigration, the police and security at a volatile time of public spending cuts, Islamist attacks and Brexit talks.

Javid on Monday said that his "most urgent" task was to help those unfairly caught up in the Windrush fiasco.

"He has to bring forward plans to invest more money in community policing, provide certainty to the Windrush generation and start providing answers on what future the 3 million European Union citizens in this country would face under the Conservatives' Brexit deal".

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