Margaret OBriens treatment by Home Office shows scandal goes beyond Windrush generation
Margaret O’Brien, 69, moved from Canada to Wolverhampton in 1971, got married, had three children and worked for the local parliament for more than 25 times as a dinner girl, snacks on wheels driver, lollipop lady and cleaner.
A spinal injury a few years ago made she had to give up her responsibility, conducting her to apply for benefits for the first time. In 2015, she was told her disability payments had been suspended because she was an illegal immigrant.
O’Brien received a letter stating:” Home office records indicate that you do not have permission to be in the UK. You should make arrangements to leave without delay .”
The letter informed her” of our intention to remove you from the UK to your own country of nationality if you do not depart willingly. No further notice will be given “.
If she decided to stay, the letter alarmed,” life in the UK will become increasingly difficult “; O’Brien was liable to be arrested, prosecuted and face a possible six-month prison sentence.
Her instance is significant because it shown in the Home Office’s management of longstanding Commonwealth-born UK tenants is not restricted to the Windrush generation, but is likely to extend to beings from other Commonwealth countries.