British Home Secretary resigns over immigration scandal


London Apr 30 (TNS): British Home Secretary Amber Rudd has resigned over an immigration scandal, dropping the United Kingdom’s government into crisis.

A statement from Downing Street confirmed that the British Prime Minister Theresa May has accepted Rudd’s resignation.

Rudd, who was due to make a statement on Monday about her department’s policy on removals, was under pressure to quit due to a scandal involving the Windrush generation, the first large group of Caribbean migrants to arrive in the UK after World War II, reported CNN.

She has been at the receiving end of the existence of Home Office removals targets and her know-how about the same.

According to several media reports, Rudd claimed there was no government “target” to increase deportations of illegal immigrants.

However, a British newspaper reported that she had written to the Prime Minister Theresa May about the department’s aspiration to increase “removals” by 10 percent.

“I wasn’t aware of specific removal targets. I accept I should have been and I’m sorry that I wasn’t. I didn’t see the leaked document, although it was copied to my office as many documents are,” Rudd tweeted on Friday.

The Windrush scandal commenced brewing when it emerged that a few migrants from Commonwealth countries, who settled in the UK from the late 1940s to the 1970s had been declared illegal immigrants.

The successive British governments, in recent years, have sought to appear tough on illegal immigration, by virtue of which, their descendants are now combating to prove a citizenship status they took for granted at one point of time.