1. Exquisite Tweets from @TomTugendhat, @ColinYeo1, @jabberworks

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    The news that #Windrush kids are finding it difficult to establish legal status is very serious. I look forward to @ukhomeoffice sorting this problem quickly so those who helped build our country get their rights confirmed fast.

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    TomTugendhat

    Tom Tugendhat

  2. The cross party consensus that “Something Must Be Done” is very welcome. The problem is that there is no quick fix. Short thread. 1/?

    Tom Tugendhat @TomTugendhat
    The news that #Windrush kids are finding it difficult to establish legal status is very serious. I look forward to @ukhomeoffice sorting this problem quickly so those who helped build our country get their rights confirmed fast.

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    ColinYeo1

    Colin Yeo

    2/? The problem originated because previous system of Commonwealth citizenship and free movement was ending and status was conferred by law on people to safeguard them, but they did not acquire papers at that time. Explainer: freemovement.org.uk/why-caribbean-…

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    ColinYeo1

    Colin Yeo

    3/ For decades those people did not need papers and no one bit racists questioned their right to be here or that they “belonged”. That changed under Home Secretary Theresa May when she introduced what she called the “hostile environment”.

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    Colin Yeo

    4/ Since 1996 employers had to check employee immigration papers *in theory*. New laws in 2006 started to enforce this with big fines. But these privatised immigration checks were still limited in scope.

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    Colin Yeo

    5/ In 2012 T May announced the “hostile environment” and brought it into law with Immigration Acts 2014 and 2016. Now landlords, banks and public servants had to do “papers, please” checks on other citizens. Explainer: freemovement.org.uk/hostile-enviro…

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    ColinYeo1

    Colin Yeo

    6/ At same time immigration fees have been ramped up 20% per year to astronomical levels, rules made more Byzantine and raids in workplaces, colleges and streets have been more visible. All to deter migrants coming and encourage them to leave to try to meet net migration target.

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    ColinYeo1

    Colin Yeo

    7/ It is this hostile environment that has cut off the Windrush generation from employment, housing, healthcare and more. Home Office requires proof of residence since 1973 they simply do not have.

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    Colin Yeo

    8/ Home Office is paranoid that non-entitled migrants might benefit from rules so requires super strict proof. Officials worry that people are lying about their long term residence, basically.

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    ColinYeo1

    Colin Yeo

    9/ So the idea of an “amnesty” is a non starter. These people are lawfully resident *if they can prove they are entitled*. They don’t need an amnesty. The problem is 1. They are being asked for proof because of hostile environment and 2. The level of proof is totally unrealistic

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    ColinYeo1

    Colin Yeo

    10/ Rolling back the hostile environment and repealing 2014 and 2016 Acts is needed as well as more humane and realistic approach in these cases. But Theresa May’s culture of hostility has spread all through society and will be hard to undo. END

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    ColinYeo1

    Colin Yeo

  3. Thanks for this. I’m still promoting the petition even with the word ‘amnesty’ just because I don’t know any other way to show there’s a large number of us who object to what’s being done. Wish I knew what else we could do specifically for the Windrush people right now.

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    jabberworks

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  4. I agree and have signed it myself - one way of getting st least a debate about it

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    ColinYeo1

    Colin Yeo