The fallout of the Windrush controversy in the United Kingdom has led to the resignation of British Home Secretary Amber Rudd.
Sajid Javid has been appointed as home secretary, replacing Rudd who resigned after repeatedly struggling to account for her role in the unjust treatment of Windrush-generation migrants.
UK prime minister Theresa May announced Javid’s appointment on Monday morning, installing the communities secretary to the Home Office where his first job will be to deal with the ongoing immigration debacle.
He is the first BAME politician to hold the role and his appointment could offer hope to critics that the government is aware of how damaging the issue has been for community relations and trust in the immigration system.
After the announcement, Javid said his “most urgent task” was to get to grips with the Windrush crisis, and ensure those affected “are all treated with the decency and the fairness they deserve”.
But speaking to BBC News, he declined to say whether this might bring an end to the so-called hostile environment immigration policy, or to targets for net removals.
“We’re going to have a strategy in place that does something the previous home secretary set out last week when she made a statement to parliament – to ensure that we have an immigration policy that is fair, it treats people with respect, and with decency,” he said.
“That will be one of my most urgent tasks, to make sure that we look carefully at the policy and make sure it achieves just that – fairness.”