Sixty three members of the Windrush era may have been wrongfully eliminated or deported from the UK since 2002, the house secretary has stated.
Sajid Javid informed the Dwelling Affairs Choose Committee 32 have been international offenders and 31 folks eliminated by officers, fairly than a court docket order.
He stated the figures have been provisional.
It was the primary time particular numbers have been outlined because the scandal involving individuals who got here to the UK from Commonwealth nations broke.
Labour MP Yvette Cooper, who chairs the house affairs committee, stated there have been many “unanswered questions”.
“It’s stunning to search out that 63 folks might have been wrongly eliminated or deported and troubling that they haven’t but been contacted,” she stated.
The Windrush migrants arrived between the late 1940s and 1973, primarily from the Caribbean, however some have been threatened with deportation lately. Many got here to the UK legally as kids however don’t have any formal documentation, which has additionally led to them being refused jobs or healthcare.
Mr Javid stated the 63 circumstances he outlined have been recognized from 8,000 data of removals from the UK of individuals aged over 45.
He informed the committee: “I’ve requested officers to be completely sure and thorough and test over each report and ensure.”
The house secretary stated he didn’t have info on what number of Windrush immigrants had been detained.
He denied that there was a “systemic” drawback within the Dwelling Workplace, however stated within the Windrush circumstances folks had confronted “too massive a burden” in proving that they had lived within the UK for a lot of many years.
In a letter to committee chair Yvette Cooper, Mr Javid stated a helpline arrange after the Windrush circumstances emerged had obtained greater than 11,500 calls. Greater than 4,482 of those have been recognized as doable Windrush circumstances. Up to now 526 folks have now obtained paperwork confirming their proper to be within the UK.
Prime Minister Theresa Could has introduced a authorities evaluation to know how members of the Windrush era “got here to be entangled in measures” designed to deal with unlawful immigration.
Writing on Twitter, Labour MP David Lammy stated Mrs Could – a former dwelling secretary – wanted to return to Parliament to elucidate how the 63 folks have been eliminated, describing the revelation as “really a day of nationwide disgrace”.
Mr Javid turned dwelling secretary final month after Amber Rudd resigned, saying she “inadvertently misled” MPs over targets for eradicating unlawful immigrants.
The scandal had heaped stress on Ms Rudd, who confronted criticism after telling the house affairs committee she didn’t find out about Dwelling Workplace removals targets.