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When even children born here risk becoming “illegal”, it’s time for a better immigration system

Over 100,000 children who grew up in the UK do not have regular immigration status. It's time to change the system—before there's another Windrush scandal

By Kamena Dorling  

School children answer questions in a classroom.

The Windrush scandal, and the systemic problems that have caused it—unlawful deportations, Home Office errors and the broader impact of the ‘hostile environment’ policy—have led to ever louder calls for change in past weeks. These culminated in the resignation of the former Home Secretary Amber Rudd on Sunday night.

The next day, MPs interrogated the new Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, about his commitment to an “immigration policy that is fair and treats people with respect and with decency.” Quick to differentiate between “illegal…

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