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The Windrush scandal has lifted the lid on the outrageous immigration policies of this Tory government, where individuals and their families are having their lives turned upside down.
As Home Secretary in 2013, Theresa May remarked that the UK government should ‘deport first, and hear appeals later’ and we are now witnessing this at first hand.
In Argyll and Bute, I have received a considerable number of queries from constituents, who – out of the blue – are finding themselves classed as ‘unlawful’ citizens, despite being raised here and living their whole lives in the UK.
In some circumstances, individuals are being instantly dismissed by their employers although it is blatantly and logically apparent that they are legitimate UK citizens.
The SNP has long campaigned for a fair and humane immigration system.
The current immigration policy of the UK Government is failing Scotland and it is vital that, in addition to UK-wide reforms, immigration powers are devolved to the Scottish Parliament to ensure that we can create a fair system for Scotland, its people and the specific needs of our economy.