UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd resigns over immigration scandal
Britain's Home Secretary Amber Rudd has resigned as pressure mounted on her to quit cabinet post over the way the authorities treated some long-term Caribbean immigrants who have wrongly been labeled illegal immigrants. These immigrants were brought to the UK from "Windrush generation" in the 1940s. PM Theresa May accepted her resignation. Rudd had been due to make a statement to Parliament. Here's more.
The furor has grown since The Guardian newspaper reported that some people who came to the UK from the Caribbean in the decades after World War II were recently refused medical care in Britain or threatened with deportation because they couldn't produce paperwork proving their right to reside in the country. Those affected belong to the Windrush generation, named for the ship Empire Windrush.
In 1948, the ship Empire Windrush brought hundreds of Caribbean immigrants to Britain to help it rebuild after the devastation of World War II. In the recent weeks, Amber Rudd and PM Theresa May have apologized repeatedly to the Windrush generation, saying all pre-1973 Commonwealth immigrants who don't already have British citizenship will get it, and those affected will get compensation.
Rudd was under pressure to explain apparent discrepancies between her evidence to Parliament's Home Affairs Select Committee last week denying any knowledge of deportation targets for illegal migrants in UK Home Office headed by her and a leaked memo that linked her to such targets.