Home Office’s decision to restart deportation flights to Jamaica for the repatriation of foreign national offenders has caused outrage among opposition MPs, not least because the individuals facing removal include people who came to the UK as children, parents of British children and descendants of people who served with our armed forces. At least ten of them have indefinite leave to remain in the UK. It is even more scandalous that these deportations were organised before the compensation scheme for victims of the Windrush scandal has been rolled out.
David Lammy (MP for Tottenham) asked an urgent question on this in the Commons on Tuesday 5th February and I was able to raise the case of a constituent who has been waiting over four months for the resolution of his Windrush case. This is completely unacceptable. I also co-signed a letter written by Janet Daby (MP for Lewisham East) to the Home Secretary which called for an immediate halt to all deportations to Jamaica and a review of all affected cases.
I am aware of one other constituent who is directly affected by the deportations and the team and I have contacted the Home Secretary about her case. If you know of any constituents who are facing similar problems, I would urge you to encourage them to contact my office as soon as possible.