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Mr Javid became home secretary last month
At least 63 members of the Windrush generation could have been wrongfully removed or deported from the UK since 2002, the home secretary has said.Sajid Javid told the Home Affairs Select Committee 32 were foreign offenders and 31 people removed by officials rather than a court order.He said the figures were provisional.It was the first time specific numbers have been outlined since the scandal involving people who came to the UK from Commonwealth nations broke.
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Mr Javid said the 63 cases he outlined were identified from 8,000 records of removals from the UK of people aged over 45.He told the committee: "I've asked officials to be absolutely certain and thorough and check over every record and make sure."He added he did not have information on how many Windrush immigrants had been detained.Prime Minister Theresa May has announced a government review to understand how members of the Windrush generation "came to be entangled in measures" designed to tackle illegal immigration.Writing on Twitter, Labour MP David Lammy said Mrs May needed to come to Parliament to explain how the 63 people were removed, describing the revelation as "truly a day of national shame". Mr Javid became home secretary last month after Amber Rudd resigned, saying she "inadvertently misled" MPs over targets for removing illegal immigrants.The scandal had heaped pressure on Ms Rudd, who faced criticism after telling the home affairs committee she did not know about Home Office removals targets.
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