Pity she, Angela Rudd couldn't blame the previous Home Secretary Theresa
May, as she is now the Prime Minister...but had to carry the can herself
and only found out what was going on at the H of C select committee on
immigration matters. She and her most senior immigration officer, didn't
know that regional targets in the UK, had been set for deportations,
and that the Windrush immigrants, that is, those who were invited to
come over and settle in the UK to do those jobs which the native
population refused to do, in the NHS, transport and agriculture, with
the agreement of Enoch Powell, the NHS secretary at the time.
Remember that "Rivers of Blood" speech 50 years ago? When Enoch Powel
said that the country was being over run by coloured immigrants and that
there would be a blood bath, just as occurred in the empire of Rome?
Didn't happen of course...we got Windrush backfiring on the Conservative
Apparently, according to the trade union for immigration employees, the
targets were posted on the walls of Home Office immigration offices,
reminding immigration officers and all staff about what they were meant
to accomplish. Why choose the Windrush immigrants? Well, you see, they
were the easiest target. Very few of them had papers, they were already
British Citizens, but didn't have passports and it was difficult for
them to prove their citizenship, because the criteria set by the Home
Office didn't include petty things like Social Security numbers, school
reports and such like. They had to have more substantial proof, like a
passport. It was part of the "Hostile Attitude towards Immigration"
message which was sent out world wide and which produced buses going
around covered in big slogans telling immigrants without papers i.e.
illegal immigrants to go home, which travelled the country at the time.
Now it has backfired, with the Prime Minister being put squarely in the
driving seat. What a way to run a country. Now, citizens from the EU
who have come to live and work in the UK are wondering what their rights
of citizenship and settlement will be in the future, after the UK leaves
the European Union. It means that many jobs which the native Britisher
won't do, will not get filled once again. What are we to do...And just
when the government has agreed to reciprocal agreements on EU/UK
P.S. US citizens take note, when your federal government gets rid of
trades unions in public and government bodies, you will lose another of
those bastions of human right protections which you once had.