Another private letter which included ‘ambitious and deliverable’ migrant deportation targets has emerged, after Amber Rudd claimed she knew nothing about them.
Rudd appears to have signed the correspondence, which says that she is aiming to ‘increase the number of enforced removals by more than ten per cent’, in January last year.
After Rudd claimed that she had never seen a previous memo referencing immigration targets, the former immigration minister Brandon Lewis suggested that the increase was an ambition rather than a target, reports The Guardian.
Another private letter which included ‘ambitious and deliverable’ targets for the deportation of immigrants has emerged, after Amber Rudd claimed she knew nothing about such targets
Rudd appears to have signed the correspondence, which says that she is aiming to ‘increase the number of enforced removals by more than ten per cent’
The six-page page memo prepared by Hugh Ind, the director general of Immigration Enforcement in the Home Office used policy ideas outlined by Rudd in her private letter.
Included in the document which targets such as ‘achieving 12,800 enforced returns in 2017/18’.
The note was also addressed to Marc Owen, senior director of national and international operations in Immigration Enforcement, Mark Thomson, the director general of the Passport Office and Tony Eastaugh, UK director of operations at Immigration Enforcement.
Brandon Lewis suggested that the increase in immigration removal was an ambition rather than a target, reports The Guardian
It was also sent to Gareth Hills, director of performance and risk at the Home Office., Stephen Kershaw, a senior director in Immigration Enforcement, Andrew Wren, director of performance, assurance and governance at the Home Office and Andrew Whitten, assistant director at the Home Office.
It is ‘shame-faced nonsense’ to suggest that her department don’t have targets on immigrant, or that they are not discussed, Home Office sources told the newspaper.
Earlier today Brandon Lewis admitted Rudd did know about plans to increase the number of illegal immigrants kicked out of the UK – but insisted they were not ‘targets’.
The Home Secretary is battling to cling on to her job amid calls to resign after she told MPs she did not know her officials used deportation targets and does not agree with them.
But a leaked memo sent to her and former Immigration Minister Brandon Lewis last year detailed the plans to kick out another 10 per cent of illegal immigrants.
Ms Rudd has insisted she did not read the memo, but is facing a growing clamour to resign amid criticisms she either misled MPs or does not have a grip on her department.
Speaking on the BBC’s A