A Foreign Office Minister today admitted he could not meet the same tough immigration tests to prove his nationality demanded of Windrush immigrants.
Sir Alan Duncan said he is ‘ashamed’ and embarrassed at the fiasco, which has seen people who have lived in the UK for years threatened with deportation.
He received an on-air grilling about the scandal, which has sparked calls for Home Secretary Amber Rudd to resign, on the BBC’s Daily politics show.
Sir Alan said: ‘The Prime Minister has made a full apology we have set up this unit to address these case saw are very embarrassed and upset.
‘It’s of course embarrassing that this has happened. If people are put in this position its simply not acceptable.’
Presenter Andrew Neil said that Windrush immigrants were told they had to provide four pieces of documentary evidence for every year they have been in Britain since 1973.
Asked directly if he could meet this high bar of proof, Sir Alan admitted: ‘No I don’t think I could.’
Sir Alan Duncan (pictured on the BBC today) admitted he is ‘ashamed’ and embarrassed at the fiasco, which has seen people who have lived in the UK for years threatened with deportation
Mr Duncan (pictured on the BBC today far left) received an on-air grilling about the scandal, by presenter Andrew Neil (pictured far right)
The minister was grilled on the heartbreaking cases which have emerged over recent weeks.
He was told how immigrants who made Britain their home have lost their jobs,homes and even their cancer care in the scandal.
What documentation did Windrush immigrants have to provide?
Immigrants must fill out a form to apply for a biometric card which allows them to remain in the UK.
The application costs £229 per person – but the Home Office has now said it will waive the fee for Windrush immigrants after the controversy.
Applicants must fill in a 21-page document .
And if they do not have a passport they must provide documents proving they have continuously lived in the UK since 1973.
This can include exam certificates, employment records, a National Insurance number, birth and marriage certificates and bills and letters.
He told the show: ‘I’m massively ashamed, and embarrassed on a personal level. All of us as MPs deal with constituents and when we see cases like that we get indignant.
‘We are not aware that any have…the advice I’ve received is we are not aware nay have been I think some people have been threatened with the possibility.’
His words came as Theresa May today issued second grovelling apology in two days to the Caribbean migrants threatened with deportation.
She said Windrush immigrants ‘are British – they are part of us’ and vowed to ensure they can stay in the UK.
She told the House of Commons: ‘And for those who have mistakenly received letters challenging them. I want to apologise to them.’
She also revealed the decision to shred landing cards in storage which could prove the right of the migrants to stay was taken in 2009 when Labour was in power.
Her revelation was met with gasps and shouts from the Tory benches who urged Labour to ‘apologise’ after they had blamed Mrs May for the destruction of the cards, which happened in 2010 when she was Home Secretary.
The Prime Minister (pictured in PMQs today) said the immigrants who have been threatened with deportation ‘are British – they are part of us’ and will be allowed to stay.
Theresa May today issued a grovelling apology to Windrush immigrants in the House of Commons after being slammed for implementing the ‘disastrous’ policy.
In a heated exchange in the Commons, Mr Corbyn said: ‘Yesterday we learned in 2010 the Home Office destroyed the landing cards for a generation of Commonwealth citizens, so have told people ‘we can’t find you in our system’.
‘Did the Prime Minister, the then-Home Secretary, sign off that decision?’
Mrs May replied: ‘No, the decision to destroy the landing cards was taken in 2009 under a Labour government.’
Her apology, delivered in PMQs, comes as Amber Rudd is today facing calls to quit as Home Secretary over the Windrush fiasco.