Sajid Javid appointed as Britain's new interior minister

Sajid Javid appointed as Britain's new interior minister

Britain's interior minister resigned Sunday amid a scandal over authorities' mistreatment of long-term United Kingdom residents wrongly caught up in a government drive to reduce illegal immigration.

In a resignation letter to the prime minister, Rudd said she had "inadvertently" misled lawmakers.

But Labour lawmaker David Lammy, a strong critic of the government's immigration policies, said the scandal would cause European Union citizens to think, "My God, if this can happen to Windrush, of course it can happen to us".

David Lammy, a Labour MP and prominent campaigner throughout the Windrush scandal, tweeted: "Amber Rudd resigned because she didn't know what was going on in her own department and she had clearly lost the confidence of her own civil servants".

He told MPs: "I think the terminology is incorrect, I think it's a phrase that is unhelpful and does not represent the values as a country".

A second generation immigrant to Britain, Mr Javid signalled he would be adopting a new tone in the role.

Rudd's position worsened after she told lawmakers last week that the government did not have targets for deporting people — only for a 2017 memo to emerge that mentioned specific targets for "enforced removals".

She felt it "necessary" to tender her resignation after the emergence of documents showing those goals were in place.

Javid is the son of a Pakistani bus driver who arrived in Britain in 1961 with one pound in his pocket.

The 48-year-old Mr Javid was a senior investment banker at Deutsche Bank before being elected to parliament in 2010.

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He became a Treasury minister in 2013 and joined the Cabinet in 2014 as culture secretary before switching to business secretary in 2015 and communities secretary the following year. Mr Javid was a lukewarm campaigner to remain in the bloc and has said the 2016 referendum result meant "in some ways, we're all Brexiteers now". "At housing he has proved his drive, his ambition and his determination to get to grips with hard subjects and these are abilities which will all be required at the Home Office".

Labour's foreign affairs spokeswoman Emily Thornberry said on a visit to Ramallah: "If we are looking for who is culpable it isn't just Amber Rudd - obviously it is her leader as well".

It forced a mini-reshuffle with James Brokenshire replacing Mr Javid as communities secretary, three months after he stepped down as Northern Ireland secretary to receive lung cancer treatment.

Immigration control remains a hot topic in Britain and was a factor in the June 2016 vote to leave the EU.

But, during a local election campaign visit to Greater Manchester on Monday, the Prime Minister defended her policies as Home Secretary.

Mr Javid confirmed his predecessors had set deportation targets but refused to say he would abolish them.

Those affected belong to the "Windrush generation", named for the ship Empire Windrush, which in 1948 brought hundreds of Caribbean immigrants to Britain, which was seeking nurses, railway workers and others to help it rebuild after the devastation of World War II. For two decades starting in the late 1940s, the United Kingdom accepted migrants from across the Empire (later, the Commonwealth) to rebuild after World War II.

However, many never formalised their status, often because they were children who came over on their parents' passports and then never applied for their own.

Following Ms Rudd's appearance before MPs on Wednesday, the Home Office said it had "never been (its) policy to take decisions arbitrarily to meet a target".

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