Prentis says government should support – not deport – Windrush generation

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis has written to Home Secretary Amber Rudd demanding an end to the erroneous deportation of those who came to the UK as part of the Windrush generation.

The government has come under fire after Rudd admitted she did not know how many Windrush-era citizens had been classed as illegal immigrants. The MV Empire Windrush arrived in the UK in 1948, bringing workers from the West Indies to fill gaps in the labour market following World War Two.

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “The Windrush generation served us all and made our country a better place. But now we have to repay that service, by supporting so many of them in their hour of need.

“It’s inconceivable that people who have lived, worked and contributed to society for decades and decades should be threatened with deportation, when their children and grandchildren were all born here.

“Or people denied access to healthcare like Albert Thompson, who has been told he must pay £54,000 before he can be treated for prostate cancer, despite having lived here for 44 years.

“Nye Bevan said that no society can legitimately call itself civilised if a sick person is denied medical aid because of lack of means. That’s why I’ve written to Amber Rudd demanding that Albert Thompson receives the immediate treatment he needs and deserves, an end to to the threat of deportations, respect for those who have given decades to our communities and confirmation of the legal status of the Windrush generation once and for all.” 

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