13:51Windrush Scandal: Shadow Minister Reportedly Urges UK Home Secretary to Resign

13:51Windrush Scandal: Shadow Minister Reportedly Urges UK Home Secretary to Resign

Amber Rudd faced fresh calls to resign on Thursday after admitting the home office set strict local targets for removing migrants who were in the United Kingdom illegally, having previously told MPs her department did not set targets.

MPs have said the targets could have led to enforcement officers to target "low-hanging fruit" - people living in the United Kingdom legally but without the correct documents, like numerous "Windrush generation" - a term referring to people invited to Britain to plug labour shortfalls between 1948 and 1971, some of whom have since been labelled as illegal immigrants.

Amber Rudd has announced that she will remove immigration removal targets, one day after claiming that they did not exist.

However, a 2015 inspection report by the independent chief inspector of borders and immigration has revealed that targets were in place to achieve 12,000 "voluntary departures" of people without the legal right to remain in the UK.

Speaking to journalists at a Westminster lunch, the home secretary said: "I have not approved, seen or cleared any targets for removals looking ahead. The immigration arm of the Home Office has been using local targets for internal performance management", she was quoted as saying by BBC.

"Isn't it time that the Home Secretary considered her honour and resign?" asked the Labour Party's home affairs spokeswoman, Diane Abbott.

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Britain's Home Secretary Amber Rudd leaves 10 Downing Street in London, April 10, 2018.

She also said that the target for removals had become more challenging, partly as the number of experienced staff reduced at the Home Office. Rudd said she would ban targets if they were being used "inappropriately". Labour MP David Lammy said: "I asked the minister at the last urgent question how many people had been deported".

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

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".

Once again, Labour MPs told her to resign.

The report said the target was "not a useful performance measure" due to the varying nature of cases year to year. Will she stop shielding the prime minister?

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The scandal escalated last week after it transpired that migrants from the Caribbean who settled in the United Kingdom decades ago were asked to prove right to remain in Britain.

"I do not want us to be run by a target culture".

Conservative MP Nicholas Soames said Ms Rudd had "the total support of this side of the house in trying to resolve a very hard legacy issue" to cheers from other Tory MPs.

What the scandalous Windrush saga has demonstrated is that the Home Office simply isn't fit to be left in charge of who comes in and out of this country.

The PM's official spokesman said the idea of governments setting removal targets was something that had happened for "a number of decades".

The crisis has focused attention on May, who as interior minister set out to create a "really hostile environment" for illegal immigrants, imposing tough new requirements in 2012 for people to prove their legal status.

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