British Minister Amber Rudd resigns over immigration controversy

Rudd's resignation deals another blow to Theresa May's cabinet, who will face questions about her knowledge of the so-called Windrush scandal and Britain's economy in a post-Brexit world.
Amber Rudd, MP Photo Credit: Flicker/U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change

After a flurry of criticism, British Interior Minister Amber Rudd resigned on Sunday in response to scrutiny over her agency’s new policies that require higher standards to prove legal immigration status. The so-called Windrush scandal arose when it was discovered that the British government wrongly labeled immigrants of Caribbean descent as illegal migrants. Rudd has received further criticism when it became apparent, as she states in her resignation letter, that she misled a committee in Parliament about the government’s deportation priorities.

In her statements to Parliament, Rudd indicated that the government did not have a target threshold for the number of deportations it wanted to carry out. But a letter sent to Prime Minister Theresa May and leaked by the Guardian showed that Rudd promised an “ambitious but deliverable” increase in deportations. Members of the opposition Labour Party have asked the Prime Minister to explain to Parliament whether or not she was aware of the misleading of the committee.

While the government has promised new citizenships and compensation for those who lost their jobs or were threatened with deportation during the crisis, and the government’s policies were subject to much scrutiny during the last Commonwealth summit in London. Concerns have also been raised about how these new immigration policies will allow Britain to open its markets in a post-Brexit era, and highlights a fear about how those policies could target minority groups.

Rudd’s resignation deals another blow to May’s cabinet, which has been suffering from increasing scrutiny in recent months. In a tweet seen below, Rudd indicated that she was not aware of specific targeting policies in the department, but later tweeted that her office had been copied on the document: 

PM May issued a letter apologizing to voters prior to local elections and promised continued investigation and action on the matter.



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