The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is calling for the Government to deliver justice to the Windrush Generation by putting an end to the hostile environment once and for all.
According to the Mayor’s Office, more than 130, 000 young people and children are living in London without secure immigration status. The Mayor wants the Government to reinstate legal aid for immigration cases as extortionate fees are stopping many Londoners from securing residency and citizenship.
Speaking on Colourful Radio, he said:
“We are disgusted and embarrassed at how these heroes and their children and grandchildren have been treated by the Government.”
He expressed his concern at how long it is taking for Windrush victims to be compensated, adding:
“The Government need to stop talking the talk and start walking the walk and start delivering on compensation and delivering on the promise to give people their immigration status.”
The Mayor also highlighted what he saw as a direct link between the Transatlantic Slave Trade and the Windrush Scandal and that more needs to be done to combat racism in society.
He said: “I say this unequivocally that Black Lives Matter and I am proud to stand as an ally and more needs to be done to end racism for Black communities in 2020.”
The Mayor’s call comes on the second annual Windrush Day to commemorate the anniversary of the arrival of the Empire Windrush at Tilbury Docks in 1948, bringing hundreds of people from the Caribbean to Britain.
Those on the ship were invited to help rebuild the country after World War II. Upon their arrival and settlement in the UK they faced racial discrimination and racism. Despite the hostility, they stayed and contributed immeasurably to making Britain what it is today.
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