Deportation and Hostile Environment
By Danielle Cohen Immigration Law Solicitor LinkedinDanielle Cohen has over 20 years of experience as a lawyer and a reputation for offering professional, honest and expert advice.
Theresa May may be remembered for Brexit but she is also the Prime Minister who knew about deportation targets hours after a cabinet minister namely Amber Rudd suggested she had no knowledge of it. She did not intervene to point out that Amber Rudd when denying the targets had mislead Parliament. In an interview Theresa May said that when she was the Home Secretary there were targets in terms of removing people from the country who were here illegally. This revelation reinforces the role of the Prime Minister as the architect of the hostile environment policy that ended up persecuting the Windrush generation. Crucially it is believed that members of the Windrush generation may have been detained for deportation or prevented from returning to the UK. In February 2019 the new Home Secretary Sajid Javid defended deportation of a group of people to Jamaica, the first such flights since the Windrush scandal. The people on the flight included serious foreign criminals including murder and rapists the Home Office added. However, the campaigners insisted that some of them had been unfairly targeted. Campaigners claim that the Government’s hostile environment on immigration policy was to blame for the deportation and that many of the deportees had been in the UK since childhood.