THE Home Office is facing fresh anger over the Windrush scandal amid ‘heartbreaking’ new cases.
Labour MP David Lammy, a prominent figure in exposing the fiasco, reported that his office had received six further cases before midday yesterday.
In one, a man who arrived from Jamaica in 1964 was warned he faces removal despite having paperwork dating back decades.
Mr Lammy tweeted: ‘My constituent arrived aged 6. The Home Office [is] telling him that he will be deported despite having a National Insurance card from 1974 & NHS documentation from 1964.’
Mr Lammy posted an image of a ‘notice of removal’ letter. It said: ‘You are considered a person who has been unable to show evidence of lawful entry because you cannot produce the passport on which you claim to have entered the UK.’
The MP for Tottenham called on ministers to ‘sort this today’. He said: ‘This is an outrageous miscarriage of justice. Grant him his citizenship and passport.’ He said each new case ‘is heartbreaking and an utterly shameful indictment of this government’.
Controversy erupted after it emerged residents who settled in the UK from the late 1940s to the early 1970s had wrongly been identified as illegal immigrants because they lack documentation.
Home secretary Amber Rudd has announced that thousands who arrived from the Commonwealth will be offered the chance to obtain British citizenship free of charge and without taking language tests.
The Home Office said a new team was helping people get the documentation they need, while it was attempting to get in touch with Mr Lammy’s constituent.