I am supporting this important campaign to halt the planned deportation charter flight to Jamaica, scheduled for Tuesday 11th February 2020. I have signed the letter below that demands that this flight and all subsequent charter deportation flights are suspended until the Windrush Lessons Learned Review has been published and acted upon and the Government has provided answers to the questions below.
I have seen first-hand the devastating effects of the Windrush scandal. Over the past few years I have helped a number of my constituents to resolve their situations with the Home Office. Some have lived lawfully in the UK for up to 60 years, with decades of qualifying years paying National Insurance contributions, then suddenly stripped of their residency, employment, pension rights and told to leave the UK. We have searched NHS archives, tried to trace the records from schools that have been demolished decades ago, in an attempt to prove that the person is legally in the UK. All because of the Hostile Environment policy that all to late demanded a commonwealth citizen provide a document that they were never given.
I will continue to support my constituents effected by the Windrush scandal in obtaining swift and fair compensation for the destruction this scandal has caused to them and their family’s lives.