Chris Maines, Liberal Democrat Mayoral Candidate in Lewisham has called on the Government to announce this week an amnesty for families of the Windrush community threatened with deportation and a loss of rights.
Chris says "This week sees London host the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting. I am calling on the Government to use this opportunity to announce an amnesty to the Windrush Generation who are currently threatened with deportation and the loss of their rights, although they have worked and lived here all their adult lives."
Many affected people have never applied for a passport in their own name or had their immigration status formalised, as they regarded themselves as British.They have paid taxes and raised children and grandchildren here and see Britain as their home.
It seems it is a failure by the Home Office to maintain proper records that is causing such distress to thousands of people. These are residents who came here as children, attended school, worked here and built their lives here. They are now living with the threat of deportation.