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Accused of racism: Theresa May.

As if the revelation that Home Secretary Amber Rudd doesn’t know how many people have been wrongly deported from the UK as a result of the policy of hatred towards immigrants that she implemented after it was legalised by Theresa May, we have new evidence of Conservative depravity.

If you haven’t heard this already, it will shock you:

Home Office civil servants who have been demanding that people show documents proving a right to be in the UK before they can take up work, rent properties, access healthcare, or claim benefits destroyed those documents themselves.

Here’s Amelia Gentleman of The Guardian to explain:

“The Home Office destroyed thousands of landing card slips recording Windrush immigrants’ arrival dates in the UK, despite staff warnings that the move would make it harder to check the records of older Caribbean-born residents experiencing residency difficulties.

“A former Home Office employee said the records, stored in the basement of a government tower block, were a vital resource for case workers when they were asked to find information about someone’s arrival date in the UK from the West Indies – usually when the individual was struggling to resolve immigration status problems.

“The former employee (who has asked for his name not to be printed) said it was decided in 2010 to destroy the disembarkation cards… Employees in his department told their managers it was a bad idea, because these papers were often the last remaining record of a person’s arrival date, in the event of uncertainty or lost documents. The files were destroyed in October that year, when Theresa May was home secretary.”

Often the last remaining record.

People have lost jobs and homes. They have been jailed:

And they have been forced out of the country because Theresa May destroyed the evidence that they were here legally and then changed the law so they were required to produce it.

There can be only one conclusion:

The outrage among the public is palpable:

Ms Rudd offered a (very weak) apology in Parliament on Monday, and Mrs May offered a further apology yesterday. But the public mood is unforgiving:

Yes it should.

Instead, we are presented with further evidence of Tory indifference to the agony they have inflicted. Not only are they unaware of the number of British citizens they have deported; they say it would be too expensive to find out and will only check cases on an individual basis. After that is done, they say they will only offer an apology if a mistake is found to have been made.

But it seems they are lying:

This is, of course, a result of the “hostile environment” immigration policy championed by our racist prime minister, Theresa May, back when she was Home Secretary. People have had a lot to say about that:

Here are some facts that will make you angry:

Now that this is known, some people are drawing an obvious conclusion:

Yes.

“There, but for the grace of God, go I,” said James O’Brien in the video towards the top of this article. Some have made that perfectly clear – because all of us have immigrant blood, somewhere in our ancestry:

And there are wider implications. The government that has treated people from foreign lands in this way is currently negotiating the UK’s departure from the European Union. How can that possibly end well?

And how will it affect our relationship with Commonwealth countries after Brexit?

Oh, and there’s one more point to be made.

Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, a man who has been repeatedly smeared as a racist – in some cases by members of his own party – despite a spotless record in this regard, voted against the Act of Parliament that caused this scandal.

He said: “We have ordained that the Home Secretary will have executive power to take away citizenship in the future and to create a generation of stateless people. The handing over of that power is, I think, a very dangerous thing for any Parliament to do.”

He went on to identify the very issues which have caused tragedy for the Windrush generation now: the forced removal of people, the use of the detention system, the denial of health care access, and landlords becoming agents of the Home Office.

He was right; Theresa May was wrong.

I know it won’t happen, but he should be demanding her resignation and that of her entire government. She has voided her right to rule. We need a proper prime minister now.


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