As Home Secretary Theresa May announced a policy to create “a really hostile environment for illegal migrants” across government departments. So when Amber Rudd – as Home Secretary – sends her a letter that states:
“Illegal and would-be illegal migrants and the public more widely, need to know that our immigration system has ‘teeth’, and that if people do not comply on their own we will enforce their return, including through arresting and detaining them. That is why I will be refocusing immigration enforcement’s work to concentrate on enforced removals. In particular I will be reallocating £10m (including from low-level crime and intelligence) with the aim of increasing the number of enforced removals by more than 10% over the next few years: something I believe is ambitious, but deliverable.”
May must have supported the change. All subsequent apologies and explanations for the racist targeting of former child migrants from the West Indies are therefore odious cant and rank hypocrisy.