The British home secretary Amber Rudd today pledged that the Windrush generation will be granted British citizenship, telling parliament she recognized the "harrowing" experiences of the Caribbean immigrants and that she was determined to right the wrongs that had taken place. "Because we are genuinely sorry for any anxiety that has been caused", she said, adding "I want to dispel any impression that my government is in some sense clamping down on Commonwealth citizens, particularly those from the Caribbean", May told the regional leaders.
The UK Government said yesterday that emigrants to Britain decades ago who have been wrongly targeted over their immigration statuses will be eligible for free citizenship as it tries to contain the continuing crisis.
She also vowed speedy compensation for anyone who had "suffered loss".
The Home Secretary admitted that steps introduced since the 1980s have had an "unintended and sometimes devastating" impact on people from the Windrush generation who are here legally but have struggled to get documentation to prove their status.
PRIME Minister Dr Keith Rowley has assured members of the TT Diaspora that their rights were being protected in the wake of the threat of deportation of the "Windrush generation".
"None of this can undo the pain already endured, but I hope it demonstrates the government's commitment to put these wrongs right going forward". "They are British in all but legal status and this should never have been allowed to happen", Rudd added.
At a practical level, MEPs emerging from a closed-door Home Office briefing in the European Parliament wondered about those unable to use the proposed smartphone application to claim their "settled status" - and said they were told the government's app won't work fully on Apple's widely used iPhones.
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The British Nationality Act, which gave citizenship of the UK and Colonies to all people living in the United Kingdom and its colonies, and the right of entry and settlement in the UK, has become a topic of much contention recently.
"An apology is just the first step, ' she insisted, acknowledging the 'devastating" impact on those who can not prove their status.
Written in May 2016 by a Home Office minister, the letter "fuelled the row about whether Ms Rudd should resign", says the Daily Mail.
"She is behaving as if it is a shock to her that officials are implementing regulations in the way she intended them to be implemented", she said.
In a statement to MPs, she said the £1,330 fees for naturalisation would be waived and applicants would be exempt from needing to pass tests on English language and on their knowledge of life in Britain.
Those behind the scheme, which was revealed in November, say that they hope that 5,500 worldwide nurses would eventually be recruited from former colonial countries such as India and the Caribbean.