Jeremy Corbyn tells Amber Rudd to resign for 'hardening cruel' Windrush policy

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May has refused to respond to calls to sack her Home Secretary Amber Rudd.

Responding to questions from MPs about the so-called "Windrush" scandal, in which migrants who arrived in the United Kingdom decades ago were denied medical treatment or jobs following demands for paperwork they could not provide, she said that preventing unjustified deportations was her priority.

Speaking at PM's questions he called for Home Secretary Amber Rudd to quit.

She attempted to get a grip on the row on Monday when she unveiled a package of emergency measures, which includes a fast-track offer of United Kingdom citizenship and a compensation scheme.

"Let me say to the prime minister: do not try to hide behind me or the Labour party, when she was warned repeatedly that the damage her obsession with the net migration target was doing", Cooper, the former shadow home secretary, said.

She acknowledged that she had asked for more removals of individuals with no right to be in the United Kingdom to take place, but was not familiar with suggestions that regional targets were in place.

"Over the years, there have been individual cases of people who have had to regularise their documentation and have done so".

She also denied that individuals were targeted for deportation.

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He said the PM had been warned a 2014 law aimed at intensifying the "hostile environment" for illegal migrants would also affect those in the United Kingdom legally.

After uproar from MPs, she said that people "up and down this country" want action taken against illegal immigrants.

Ministers faced a furious backlash over the treatment of the Windrush generation - named after the first ship that brought them to Britain in 1948. "The question of the Windrush generation arises from the fact that when they came here, they were not documented - their status to leave here was not documented".

Those who have been living legally in the United Kingdom for decades have lost their jobs, been denied access to NHS treatment, benefits and pensions, had their driving licences withdrawn and been warned they face deportation.

She acknowledged that she had asked for more removals of individuals with no right to be in the United Kingdom to take place, but was not familiar with suggestions that regional targets were in place.

On Monday Ms Rudd unveiled an emergency package of measures in an attempt to draw a line under the affair, but the Home Office has remained under pressure as new cases continue to emerge.

May rejected any connection between her policies and the Windrush generation, saying they were British and had the right to live here from the moment they arrived.

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