In England, they had over two decades when people came in from Haiti, Jamaica and other Carribean Countries
and were allowed to stay in England but were never given passports or officially made British citizens.
Now many of those people are being attacked by the Queen of England and deported for no reason.
September 2018 and the British Government has just announced that the Windbush generation, and their
children, are essentially 2nd class citizens of England who can be deported whenever authorities want.
Members of the Windrush generation will be refused
British citizenship, the government has announced.
In a statement issued late on Friday afternoon, home secretary Sajid Javid said a number of Caribbean
nationals who came to Britain between 1948 and 1971 would not qualify for citizenship because they
failed to meet the “necessary good character requirement” due to committing criminal offences.
Windrush citizens are supposed to be afforded the same rights as British citizens, so the announcement
is likely to prompt renewed accusations that they are effectively awarded second-class status.
The Home Office said those in the UK not granted citizenship would still have the right to remain,
provided they could obtain the relevant evidence of their residency. This however, is still second class
citizenship and essentialy being allowed to stay without being granted citizenship. Similiar to how the
Germans created a permanent underclass of Turks by refusing to give them citizenship.
Diane Abbott, Labour’s shadow home secretary, said it was scandalous that the Home Office should
subject the Windrush generation to conditions that other British citizens are not.
Mr Javid said refusals would also be issued to those who had applied for documentation from abroad
but been found to be ineligible as they were not able to provide sufficient evidence that they were
settled in the UK before 1 January 1973.
He said refusal decisions were only taken after “substantial assurance” had taken place and said
individuals could request a free review of the decision if they disagreed.
But legal experts told The Independent that the absence of independent legal advice and a proper
appeal route to those refused made it impossible to know whether the decisions were fair or not.
Chai Patel, legal policy director at the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI), said: "You
can’t have any faith that these rejections are valid unless those people have a chance to get independent
legal advice and appeals – and neither of those things are in place.”
He said there was a lot that needed clarifying around the Windrush taskforce, notably with
regards to the numbers of people being granted indefinite leave to remain, and what would
happen to those who were not.
The son of Ruth Williams, a Windrush-generation immigrant, wants to the leave the country after
threats of deportation. According to his mother, Mr Haynes applied for British citizenship in 2016
but was rejected, despite Ms Williams having lived in the UK almost permanently since arriving from St
Vincent and the Grenadines in 1959. Ruth Williams, 75, said she felt "betrayed" by Britain after the Home
Office twice turned down applications for her 35-year-old son, Mozi Haynes, to remain in the country.
Ms Williams is understood to have cancer and said she relies heavily on her son for support.
Ruth Williams, 75, with her British passport. "I feel betrayed and a second class citizen in my own country," she said.
"This makes me so sad and the Home Office must show some compassion. "I am unwell and almost 75, I live
on my own and I need my son to stay here. I need my family around me and I can’t face being alone.
He has applied to the Home Office and been refused twice."