Margaret OBriens treatment by Home Office indicates 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 council for more than 25 times as a dinner madam, dinners on rotates driver, lollipop noblewoman and cleaner.
A spinal harm a few years ago entailed she had to give up her undertaking, resulting 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 tribe if you do not depart voluntarily. No further notice will be given “.
If she decided to stay, the character forewarned,” 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 speciman is significant because it shown in the Home Office’s care of longstanding Commonwealth-born UK residents is not restricted to the Windrush generation, but is likely to extend to people from other Commonwealth countries.