Monday, 30 April 2018 04:45


The SNP’s Justice and Home Affairs spokesperson has called for a “root and branch review” of the UK Government’s immigration policy, including a review of the 2014 and 2016 Immigration Acts. 

Joanna Cherry QC MP has written to the Prime Minister, calling for net migration targets and the Tory government’s hostile environment approach to be be scrapped.

It follows renewed calls from the SNP for the Home Secretary to resign following the Windrush scandal and reports that Amber Rudd either misled Parliament or was unaware of the work of her own department on local migration targets. 

Commenting, Joanna Cherry QC MP said:

“The UK government’s immigration policy is rotten to the core –the Prime Minister must review the 2014 and 2016 Immigration Acts. 

“The Tory net migration targets introduced are neither practicable nor workable and the Windrush scandal is a direct result of the Home Office’s increasingly frantic attempts to meet those targets. 

“Its now a week since I called for the resignation of the Home Secretary on account of the scandalous treatment of the Windrush generation. Over the last week her position has become increasingly untenable, as it has emerged that she either misled parliament about the existence of deportation targets or was unaware of what was going on in the Home Office under her watch. 

“Amber Rudd should resign without further delay, but that should not be an end of the matter.

“I support Labour’s calls for a wide-ranging investigation into "who knew what and when about targets for removals" and the calls by cross party MPs to put the reforms promised as a result of the Windrush scandal on a legal footing. However, I don’t believe these calls go far enough. What is required is a root and branch review of the UK Government’s immigration policy, including a thorough review of the 2014 and 2016 Immigration Acts. The unachievable net migration targets and hostile environment approach introduced when Theresa May was Home Secretary must be scrapped. The problems with the UK government’s immigration policy are deep rooted, and there must be a full review.”

“The Windrush scandal has simply lifted the veil on the callous and rotten nature of the system created under Theresa May’s watch. The injustices visited upon the Windrush generation are no mistake. Home office officials have merely been implementing orders from the top to make life as unpleasant as possible for people identified as soft targets.”

A copy of the letter is available on request.

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