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Home Office had migrant removal targets, report shows

Home Office had migrant removal targets, report shows

Lucy Moreton, general secretary of the Immigration Service Union, had told the MPs a national target, broken down regionally, had been set to remove people in the United Kingdom illegally, and staff were under "increasing pressure" to meet it. "We don't have targets for removals - if you are asking me if there are numbers of people we expect to be removed, that's not how we operate", she said.

"There are some offices which are working with them", Rudd replied.

Some of the Windrush migrants have been made homeless, lost their jobs, threatened with deportation and denied benefits, according to the Guardian newspaper.

Asked if the Prime Minister retained full confidence in Amber Rudd, despite the ongoing controversies over Windrush and immigration removal targets, the spokesman said: "Yes".

This morning she was hauled into the Commons to explain that while "the immigration arm of the Home Office has been using local targets for internal performance management", they were not her doing.

"These were not published targets against which performance was assessed".

Glasgow Central MP Alison Thewliss said to the home secretary that the revelation that the targets exist came as "no surprise to me or the hundreds of constituents who have come to my surgery over the past three years".

"The problem here is that people were not properly documented", she said.

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He called on Ms Rudd, who succeeded Theresa May as home secretary in July 2016, to quit over the saga, at Prime Minster's Questions.

"This home secretary is presiding over a department out of control, marked by cruelty and chaos".

Tory former minister Sir Nicholas Soames said she had the "total support of this side of the House in trying to resolve a very hard legacy issue", while backbencher Philip Davies urged Ms Rudd "not to be knocked off course by the parties opposite on the issue of illegal immigration".

Ms Rudd denied she had been used as a "human shield" to deflect criticism away from Prime Minister Theresa May.

Moreton had told the committee: "There's increasing pressure across the civil service as a whole to demonstrate value for money... and as that requirement to reduce public sector spending has begun to bite we've seen more and more challenging targets starting with the announcement of the net migration target [to reduce total migration to less than 100,000 a year]". A UK PM walking the tightrope of Brexit negotiations, propped up by 10 DUP MPs acting as sticking plasters on her unstable premiership, appears to be a godsend right now for the UK home secretary.

"I do think it is right... where there are people here illegally that we do try to remove them", she said, adding that she would take a look at the evidence MPs had. She said she didn't know.

Asked whether she regarded herself as a future leadership contender, she said: "I'm pretty much focused on what I have got to do now".

He said the question had now arisen as to "whether that's gone too far" and said Rudd had asked the Home Office to "row back from that and to introduce more face-to-face and more subjectivity, or judgement, into the process as opposed to only looking at evidence".


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