Origin Sajid Javid becomes new United Kingdom home secretary after immigration row

Origin Sajid Javid becomes new United Kingdom home secretary after immigration row

Pakistani-origin MP Sajid Javid was Monday appointed as Britain's new Home Secretary, hours after his predecessor Amber Rudd resigned after admitting that she had "inadvertently misled" Parliament over the existence of deportation targets for immigrants.

May said she had targets for reducing illegal immigration when she was interior minister, prior to becoming prime minister in 2016, and defended their use.

Rudd was a strong supporter for staying in the bloc, and Javid will now replace her on key cabinet committees that will help decide the future of Britain's relationship with the European Union ahead of Brexit day in March 2019. The scandal came to light as many among them faced forced deportations due to lack of documentary evidence that they had the right to live and work in Britain because they arrived before 1973 when stricter new visa norms came into force for all Commonwealth nationals migrating to the UK.

Javid is the first MP from Britain's Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic community to become Home Secretary.

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Mr Javid said the phrase "hostile" was "unhelpful and does not represent our values as a country", preferring "a compliant environment".

"Now, we have seen the Windrush generation being caught up in way that has caused anxiety among that generation". "Unless and until the prime minister announces the abandonment of the form of hostile environment policy which she instituted, and demonstrates that that is the case, then we should all understand that the policy remains in place".

"Just as importantly, people who have come here legally and enriched the life of our country should not expect the state unreasonably to challenge their presence here; rather, it should help them prove their right to continue living here and contributing to the life of our nation".

And she added: "They are British, they are part of us".

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Mr Lewis said that while he had worked with her "on a weekly basis" about their efforts to increase the numbers of illegal immigrants being removed, they had never discussed "particular numbers" in the way that was suggested at the Home Affairs Committee.

Explaining the thinking behind Javid's appointment, May's spokesman said he was "one of the most experienced ministers" in Cabinet who had "proved his drive, his ambition and his determination to get to grips with hard subjects".

Rudd, under growing pressure over the so-called Windrush scandal, told lawmakers last week that there were no targets for the removal of people deemed to be in the country illegally.

Rudd, who was lauded for her handling of terror attacks in Britain in 2017, wrote to May: "It is with great regret that I am resigning as home secretary". Ms Rudd was the fifth person to quit the Cabinet since last June's snap general election, which cost the Conservatives their majority in Parliament.

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Under a toughening immigration regime brought in in recent years, and bureaucratic mess-ups that resulted in documentation being lost by the government, many of these men and women have begun to be penalised for failing to have the right documentation and were being treated as illegal immigrants.

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