Readers respond to the Guardianâ€™s reporting on the Windrush affair
Amelia Gentlemanâ€™s article (Ruddâ€™s U Turn: At last an end to the staggering heartlessness, 17 April) rightly welcomes the belated government U-turn over the Home Officeâ€™s appalling treatment of the Windrush generation. But I doubt if this will mark an end to the Home Officeâ€™s â€œstaggering heartlessnessâ€�.
In 2012 David Cameron set up the â€œHostile Environment Working Groupâ€�. Sarah Teather, then a Liberal Democrat minister, was outraged by this title and it was changed. But ministers have continued to use of this kind of language and I fear it has moulded Home Office attitudes. Out of this working group came the Immigration Act 2014, which Labour supported at second reading. This act required all sorts of public and private bodies to bear down on people without appropriate immigration documentation. Those of us who warned that it would have a pernicious effect were ignored.
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