Amber Rudd resigned as Home Secretary today. I suspect she’s just a scapegoat for May. Public opinion polls show that most people put more blame on May for the Windrush scandal – and probably rightfully so – but the unrest that a change in PM would cause in the middle of Brexit negotiations just wouldn’t be worth the fuss.
Rudd resigned when it was revealed that deportation targets she claimed didn’t exist, did in fact exist. The Home Office has just launched four leak inquiries into the release of the documents that led to her resignation. There were four documents, but the most significant one is the letter that proved the government were working towards ‘ambitious but deliverable’ deportation targets.
Now I’m not against meeting deportation targets. The Tories promised to reduce net immigration to the tens of thousands, so they need to keep on top of the amount of people coming in and leaving. But once again, politicking has gone in the way of actually doing some good for the country.
Politicians and their Whitehall workers have been attempting to meet targets by cutting corners, and approaching the easiest options first. That’s meant that illegal immigrants have been largely ignored, and legal immigrants have been targeted.
That’s why the Windrush scandal happened. That’s why people who have lived here their whole lives, contributing to Britain, have recently dealt with the stress of possible deportation.
There’s even a story of a disabled, elderly Canadian lady called Margaret O’Brien, being told to leave the UK after living here for 44 years.
Meanwhile, Theresa May’s idea of tackling the real problem – illegal immigrants – is sending billboard vans around the country telling illegal immigrants to go home. By the way, if you’re wondering how many actually took up that offer to text the word ‘HOME’ to 78070 – it was 11.
Eleven people left Britain as a result of this nonsensical campaign.
So let’s not attack Amber Rudd and the government for trying to meet deportation targets. That’s a commendable endeavour.
But let’s attack them for putting innocent people’s lives on the table, and going for the easiest targets instead of tackling the elephant in the room.
Politics must get out of the way on issues like immigration, and the interests of normal people put first. We want illegal immigrants gone. We don’t want commonwealth immigrants who have remained productive members of society for generations being booted out.
This is common sense stuff.
I hope Sajid Javid will sort it out, but for as long as May’s in charge, I’m not holding my breath.