African and Caribbean elders being treated in a disgusting manner by the Home Office. Many of whom came over with parents and some when they were British citizens. This is a national disgrace.

[This piece was originally written in the format of a Twitter thread and has been minorly edited and corrected.] 

Albert Thompson, 63, who has lived in London for 44 years since arriving from Jamaica as a teenager, was told by his NHS hospital that unless he could produce a British passport he would be charged £54,000 for cancer treatment.

Paulette Wilson, 61, has lived in Britain for 50 years until she was told she was an illegal immigrant and was detained in Yarl’s Wood detention centre.

Homeless Eleanor Rogers, 71, was told she could also be sent back to her native Sierra Leone as she had no paperwork, despite having lived and worked in Britain since 1966.

Anthony Bryan, 60, after 52 years in the UK, was told he was in the country illegally and faced forced removal, he was sent to an immigration detention centre and booked on a flight to Jamaica.

Elwaldo Romeo, 63, moved from Antigua to the UK when he was four, told by the Home Office he is in the UK illegally.

Sarah O’Connor, 57, moved to Britain from Jamaica when she was six. She was told by benefits agency she has to prove she was in the country legally, leaving her facing bankruptcy.

Renford McIntyre, 64, lived in the UK for almost 50 years, until he was told that he is not British and is neither permitted to work nor eligible for any government support and is now homeless.

Judy Griffith, 63, a hospital care worker who has been in the UK for 50 years (she came as a British citizen) found herself unable to start a new job after her Barbadian passport with a “right to remain” sticker was stolen. She was then told she was an illegal immigrant.

Hubert Howard, 61, came to the UK from Jamaica aged 3. He was ruled an illegal immigrant by the Home Office, which meant his employer had to make him redundant, “despite the fact that he was a trusted and highly regarded employee who had been with them for a decade.”

Michael Braithwaite, 66, came from Barbados aged 9 to join his parents. He was asked to show a biometric card for migrant workers when applying for a job and now fears for his status in the UK, being threatened with deportation by the Home Office.

Glenda Caesar, a NHS worker, lost her job and faces deportation despite living in the UK for more than 50 years.

We also talk about black youngsters not being allowed to be children (Watch the Windrush son who must leave Britain tomorrow), it seems like also African Caribbean senior citizens are not allowed frailty in old age either. It is disgusting.

Please read this article I wrote about the impact of the Home Office’s policies on the Windrush generation: The “hostile environment” that puts grandparents behind bars.

Also, sign the petition demanding an immigration amnesty for Commonwealth Citizens.🔷

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(This piece was first published as a Twitter thread and turned into the above article with the purpose of reaching a larger audience. It has been minorly edited and corrected.)

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