F5 Righting Wrongs: Restoring the Rights of the Windrush
Mover: Pauline Pearce.
Summation: Roderick Lynch.
A. The official 'hostile environment' immigration policy of the
Conservative Government applied to the Windrush generation,
embedding institutional racism at the Home Office, which has
resulted in mass breaches by the UK Government of the British
Nationality Act 1948 and the Commonwealth Immigrants Act
1962 and which has led to the deportation of retirement-age
citizens with rights to live in the UK under the Immigration Act
B. The government's pursuit of exemptions for the Home Office
from transparency legislation such as GDPR (EU) 2016/679 and
the UK Freedom of Information Act 2000, in order to conceal the
extent of harm resultant from the 'hostile environment' policy.
C. The policy of forcing the NHS, private landlords and the DVLA to
act as quasi immigration police, resultant from the Home Office's
inability to manage immigration effectively.
D. The consequent application of aggregate immigration and
deportation targets - with staff bonuses for deportations -
which, encourage Home Office officials and contractors to make
decisions contrary to domestic and international law, breaching
UK regulations and published official guidance; even in cases
where it was known that claims to reside were valid.
i) The failure of the Home Office to establish and implement a
rules-based legal, fair and just immigration system; leading to a
targets-driven approach and tabloid-focused gimmicks like 'go
ii) The negative effects of the government's 'hostile environment'
immigration policies on the economy and public services,
increasing the shortage of technical skills in industry and the
shortage of skills in the NHS.
12 AGENDA AUTUMN CONFERENCE 2018
Saturday 15 September