It’s hard to top the boneheaded antics and downright assholery of the Trump administration when it comes to Immigration, but Britain is certainly trying its excellent right now with the ‘Windrush generation’ — a group of child immigrants who arrived in the country legally, but are now at risk of deportation by a organization that wants to take-backsies their migration status.
If you think this sounds precisely like DACA, you’re right…except that these children arrived in the UK over fifty years ago, making this less DACA and more Deferred Action for Grown-Ass Adults.
The ‘Windrush generation’ — called after the passenger liner/ ex-Nazi corps carrier that imparted the first group to British beaches — comprises over 500,000 people who emigrated from homes such as Jamaica and India to Britain between 1948 and 1971 as part of a free movement program between Commonwealth countries. This platform was peculiarly encouraged by the British authority, who were anxious for beings to cure rebuild the country and stem the labor shortfall that comes with sending your able-bodied to get machine gunned in a pit. These law moves — the majority of whom were children — will continue to be assemble a major part of British civilization and cultural activities, despite the best efforts of the several racist and very-actual-fascist political parties of the time.
This nicely segues us to the present period, where at least 57,000 of these people are now falling clog of modern anti-illegal immigration laws. The Windrushers arrived in Britain at a time when immigration hold consisted of double pinkie-swearing that you two are good to go, so the governmental forces prevented few records( indicating !) and since the majority of members were children touring on their parents’ passport, few migrants ever formalised their status and instead set about constructing good, hardworking lives. In 2012, nonetheless, the Reactionary elapsed a principle mandating that everything vaguely off-whiteish parties present proof of their status as legal immigrants each time they apply for a task, live, or that far-famed free-for-all healthcare…which means that Windrushers are now losing those things and being threatened with expulsion. As far as sensible immigration policy moves, this is up there with behaving anyone who had relateds at Plymouth Rock.
The outcry over this resulted in PM Theresa May delivering a heartfelt regret to the Windrushers, and Home Secretary Amber Rudd announcing the creation of a special team to help at-risk beings attest their immigration status. She likewise apologised for the “appalling” care of the Windrushers and denounced the situation on a government that had “become too concerned with policy and strategy..and had[ lost] slew of the individual” — an confession that directly involved Theresa May, who initially drafted the anti-immigration laws that led to this situation, was once quoted( presumably, in Supervillain Weekly ) as saying that she wanted to prepare the country “a really unfriendly surrounding for illegal immigration, ” and, in 2010, supervised the extermination of all government-held accounts testifying the legal migration status of, umm…the Windrushers.
Good news, nonetheless. This whole charade means that the British government is going to be amazing at handling the 3,000, 000+ EU citizens living in the UK who are going to have their in-migration statuses thrown into question after Brexit. Or at least, they’re going to look astounding by comparison. It’s hard to think how we are able to mess up worse.
Sh* t. Jinxed it.
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