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The Go Home Office: how the department of Windrush could harm EU nationals next

The Windrush scandal was produced by the unforgiving grind of one department's official machine. As Brexit looms will EU nationals fall victim too?

The Home Office's failure on Windrush became a national scandal. Will EU nationals be next? Photo: Prospect composite

At the height of Theresa May’s mission to create a hostile environment for illegal immigration, the Home Office set up a sub-department within its immigration enforcement team, known ominously as the Interventions and Sanctions Directorate, charged with “encouraging greater compliance with immigration rules.”

There was no publicity about the new unit and so when ambulance driver Winston Robinson received a letter from the Directorate in 2016, he was puzzled. “According to…

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