I’ve signed Dawn Butler’s petition demanding that Theresa May resolve all outstanding Windrush cases before she leaves office. The Government initially promised that it would take just two weeks to deal with all Windrush cases but, over a year later, a significant number of cases remain unresolved.
Just last month, Richard Stewart, a victim of the Windrush scandal, died before he had received compensation or a personal apology from the Government. And it was revealed earlier this month that the Government had still not made any compensation payments to Windrush victims or introduced legislation that would allow damages to be paid.
This appalling scandal, which has seen at least 164 people wrongly deported or detained, can be traced back to the Home Office ‘hostile environment’ policy that was introduced by the Tory-Lib Dem coalition. We need a complete change of policy and approach towards immigration at the Home Office and I would like to see the hostile environment policy ended for good.
I oppose indefinite detention and instead support a 28-day limit on immigration detention. Yarl’s Wood and Brook House immigration detention centres should be closed, with the £20 million a year in savings from these closures instead directed to support services for survivors of modern slavery, trafficking and domestic violence.
I will continue to support justice for the Windrush generation and push for a more humane immigration system.