Windrush scandal 'robbed me of my family and friends'

Leo Marius moved from St Lucia to start a new life in London in 1960. But after his British passport expired while visiting his in-laws in Trinidad in 1983, he has not been allowed to return to the UK.
His marriage broke down, he lost contact with his two London-born daughters and he was unable to attend his mother's funeral.
Now known as Richard Black, the 64-year-old tells Sky News's Sandy Rashty about the Government's treatment of the "Windrush generation".When I realised my passport had expired, I went to the High Commission for some clarity.They told me the passport could not be renewed and they tried to bully me to get a St Lucian or a Trinidad and Tobago passport.But I have never applied for another passport. I should not have to do that.I am stranded, I am stateless. I have not seen my two daughters since I came to Trinidad.They think I abandoned them. They were only six and two years old when I left.I think about what I could have had with my children, about my friends and my memories.
Windrush scandal 'robbed me of my family and friends'

West Indian residents arrived in Britain after the Second World War
I think about my mother, about not being there for her when she was going through her period of illness and not being able to attend her funeral. How would you feel?I have been robbed of family, friends, proper healthcare, proper everything.I want to come back to England. My mother is buried there and I want to come and visit her grave.I have always felt that I was a British citizen. In the 33 years that I have been in Trinidad, I have not travelled outside the shores of Trinidad.I feel that 33 years of my life here in Trinidad, to be honest, has not been bad. But I have been robbed of family, friends, proper healthcare. Everything I enjoyed from a child aged six.I went to school in London. I grew up in Notting Hill.
I am saddened by what has happened to me.:: Compensation promised to Windrush families who 'suffered loss'
Windrush scandal 'robbed me of my family and friends'

Mr Black has called for Amber Rudd to resign over the Windrush scandal
I always thought I was alone in this. To understand now that a lot of people have been impacted by racist laws. I am heartbroken for West Indians. Don't we matter? Aren't we people too?Why are we being singled out?We came when England, after the World War, was on its knees.We took all the jobs that white people did not want to take: nursing, looking after the sick, working on the buses, on the underground, conductors, bus drivers.And now, we are no longer required. We are no longer needed, wanted, so we are just thrown out with the garbage.I find that Theresa May and (Amber) Rudd - should do the best thing now. Leave. Resign. Stop this nonsense.They are impugning the good character of hard working people who went to England to assist, to try and build back the country, to do what other citizens did not want to do.And to be treated like animals and dogs?It is obscene. There is a special place in hell for people like that.
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A Home Office spokesperson said: "As the Home Secretary announced, members of the Windrush generation who arrived in the UK before 1973 and have stayed to build a life here will be eligible for free citizenship."The offer, which will be available to people from Commonwealth countries, not just Caribbean nationals, will extend to individuals who have no current documentation, those who already have leave to remain and want to advance their status and children of the Windrush generation."
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