Theresa May apologises to Caribbean leaders over treatment of immigrants

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They are writing to prime minister Theresa May and home secretary Amber Rudd and calling for the situation - which has caused uncertainty for potentially thousands of people who have lived and worked in the United Kingdom for decades - to be resolved immediately.

The "Windrush generation" were invited to Britain to plug labor shortfalls between 1948 and 1971, but some of their descendants have been caught up in a tightening of immigration rules overseen by May in 2012 when she was interior minister.

"I think it is a horrendous situation for them and I am very saddened for them", the retired guidance counsellor said.

Although the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, has promised to make it easier for Windrush-generation residents to regularise their status, the destruction of the database is likely to make the process harder, even with the support of the new taskforce announced this week.

Theresa May is "best placed" to sort out the fiasco over the status of so-called "Windrush generation" migrants because she implemented the rules which caused the problems, a Caribbean minster said. "And I want to dispel any impression that my government is in any sense clamping down on Commonwealth citizens, particularly those from the Caribbean who have built a life here". The Having grown up and lived in the country their entire lives and having paid National Insurance contributions, some of these citizens have never felt the need to formalise their right to living in the UK.

Andrew Holness, the Jamaican Prime Minister, said he accepted her apology and said he believed the "right thing is being done at this time". He added that it was only right that those migrants who had contributed to Britain should be permitted to stay in the country, as citizens.

In the margins of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis the Hon.

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As he arrived for the meeting at Downing Street, Barbados ambassador Guy Hewitt said: "We are now in a discussion mode". Her change of heart was apparently triggered by a published letter signed by 140 Members of Parliament expressing their collective concern for the people affected.

Changes in United Kingdom law in 2012 and 2014, however, demanded that these persons prove they had the right to remain in Britain by providing documentary evidence.

Her son added: "We're so used to getting let down or turned down, I guess you become a little pessimistic or cynical". She also apologized for the circumstances that occurred.

Nokes, the immigration minister, said this went too far and the Windrush generation should be reassured that they do not need to provide all these documents.

May met with Caribbean leaders and envoys on Tuesday, and told them "we are genuinely sorry for any anxiety that has been caused".

Theresa May on Tuesday apologised to Caribbean leaders over the treatment of those who have been threatened with deportation after decades of living in the UK.

Britain is hoping its historic links to Commonwealth countries will help develop new trade links as it leaves the European Union but it's also toughening immigration laws, rendering the children and grandchildren of some of those who came in the 1950s vulnerable and without clear evidence of British nationality despite paying taxes and holding down jobs for years. But some from that generation, especially those who arrived as children on their parents' passports, say they have been denied medical treatment or threatened with deportation because they can't produce papers to prove their status.

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