Asian origin is new UK Interior Minister

Asian origin is new UK Interior Minister

Amber Rudd has resigned as Britain's home secretary for "inadvertently" misleading legislators about the existence of deportation targets for undocumented immigrants.

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.

Ms Rudd told MPs last week the Home Office did not have targets for removing illegal immigrants, but on Sunday The Guardian published a letter in which Ms Rudd set out her "ambitious but deliverable" aim to deport 10% more illegal immigrants over the "next few years" to Theresa May.

"I don't like the term hostile and I won't be using it", he vowed.

We will do right by the Windrush generation'.

The appointment was made after Amber Rudd quit the position over an illegal immigration policy controversy.

"It's a phrase that's unhelpful and doesn't represent our values as a country".

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

"I wasn't aware of specific removal targets".

But she felt it "necessary" to tender her resignation after the emergence of documents, addressed to her office, showing those goals were in place. The 48-year old, who previously served as business and culture secretaries, led the government's response to last year's Grenfell Tower fire disaster. "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". 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".




Ms Rudd, who was only appointed to the Home Office in 2016, was seen as a moderate on the European Union and a balancing force in a cabinet containing several heavyweight pro-Brexit figures.

He also called on voters gearing up for local elections on Thursday, when the Conservative Party could lose councils in London, to look at the government's attempts to "put things right" and its efforts to "deal with the injustices in society".

Ms. Rudd's departure also removes from the cabinet one of its strongest pro-European voices.

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.

She said: "In a system with no independent appeals or checks to stop unfair removals, it would be extremely troubling if bonuses were paid for removal targets".

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

Her clampdown on illegal immigration, that began as a bid to identify those without papers, scooped up many elderly people from the Windrush generation - named after the ship that brought the first group of migrants from the West Indies in 1948.

The furor has grown since the Guardian newspaper reported that some people who came to the United Kingdom from the Caribbean in the decades after World War II had recently been refused medical care in Britain or threatened with deportation because they could not produce paperwork proving their right to reside in the country.

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

Her spokesman said: "Sajid Javid is one of the most experienced ministers around the Cabinet table".

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