Sterling Law has been consistently fighting against the cruelty of the government’s immigration policy and has come headstrong in the many cases we have fought. We are thus very proud of our involvement in the Windrush cases bought to us and have successfully assisted our client obtain British Citizenship through the new Windrush Scheme (introduced on 24 May 2018).
Introduction – WINDRUSH SCANDAL
In the past couple of months there has been much controversy surrounding Windrush, what it is, what is the nature of the scandal that has ensued, and why the government has been at the very centre of the Windrush scandal that has been so problematic and contrary to fundamental human rights.
Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights establishes this fundamentality with clear resonance where all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.
Article 15, which states that everyone has a right to nationality also becomes intimately engaged upon the issues of the government’s Windrush scandal.
Windrush or rather the “Windrush Generation” refers to migrants who were invited to the UK between 1948 and 1971 from the Caribbean on aboard a ship called ‘MV Empire Windrush.’ These people were brought to the UK to work to address labour shortages brought by the destruction of the Second World War. As such, this scandal is the epitome of Home Office brutality, where not only were members of the Windrush generation(s) told they were here illegally despite having lived and worked in the country for decades, the Home Office has also been criticised for the mistreatment of retirement-age citizens of the Windrush generation who have been detained, made homeless, sacked or denied benefits and NHS treatment because they have struggled to prove they are British. This is all notwithstanding an even greater scandal that the Home Office were alleged to have destroyed Windrush landing cards, thereby, destroying critical evidence enabling one to prove legal entry into the UK.
After a series of political setbacks and changes to the position of the Secretary of the Home Department because of this scandal, the government, in May 2018, introduced new legislation that now enables the government to appropriately process citizenship applications for this generation – free of charge.
Our client came to us to reassert his eligibility for British citizenship as a member of the Windrush generations. Our client first arrived in the UK on 12 July 1967 from Barbados by being included in his mother’s passport. He stayed to reside in the UK ever since that date, working, earning and paying taxes the same as any British citizen. As such having arrived from the Caribbean prior to 1973, he was the child (under 18) of a parent who came to the UK on MV Empire Windrush between 1948 and 1973.
Sterling Law team had taken on this case with much vigour and helped this client to obtain free citizenship from the British government, a right he was duly owed after living in the UK for decades as equal to any other British citizen residing in the country.
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