Home Secretary Amber Rudd has been forced to apologise after the government admitted it may have wrongly deported people from the so-called Windrush generation who have lived in the United Kingdom legally for decades.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn tweeted it was "disgraceful" that the rights of the Windrush generation had been brought into question, calling on Mrs May to "answer serious questions about how this had happened on her watch".
Nearly half a million people left their homes in the West Indies to live in Britain between 1948 and 1970, according to Britain's National Archives.
Mrs May's official spokesman said the Prime Minister "deeply values" the contribution made by Commonwealth citizens in the United Kingdom, and was "clear that no-one with the right to be here will be made to leave".
However, the Home Office did not keep a record of those granted leave to remain or issue any paperwork confirming it, meaning it is hard for the individuals to now prove they are in the United Kingdom legally. May's changes in the legal immigration system, aimed at stopping overstaying, are affecting the Windrush Generation.
Immigration minister Caroline Nokes appeared to suggest that some individuals may already have been deported in error.
In his powerful speech, Lammy said:"The relationship between this country and the West Indies and the Caribbean is inextricable. Their home is here". The Having grown up and lived in the country their entire lives and having paid National Insurance contributions, some of these citizens have never felt the need to formalise their right to living in the UK.
Penny Mordaunt, the conservative worldwide development secretary, said the Home Office needed to change the way it's dealing with the affected Windrush generation people.
The raging MP blasted: "Let us call it how it is". People should not be concerned about this.
Ms Rudd said that fees for sorting out the paperwork of those affected would be waived so that they can have their status confirmed free of charge.
Tighter immigration rules have affected a proportion of these people who are now being classified as illegal immigrants, meaning they have lost their right to work or to claim health care (The Guardian).
Facing embarrassment on the eve of a Commonwealth summit in London, Downing Street was forced into an u-turn, promising that Theresa May would meet representatives of Caribbean nations today to hear their concerns.
The British government last week refused a request from the high commissioners of 12 Caribbean nations for a dedicated meeting on the subject at the Commonwealth meeting this week.
"She is aware that many people are unlikely to have documents that are over 40 years old, and she is clear that no one with the right to be here will be made to leave", the spokesman said.