Sajid Javid, son of Pakistani bus driver, appointed UK's new Home Secretary

Sajid Javid, who replaced Amber Rudd at the Home Office, said the phrase used by the Prime Minister during her time as Home Secretary does not represent British values.

Home secretary tenders her resignation for "inadvertently" misleading members of parliament about deportation targets.

Rudd told the Home Affairs Committee last week that the Home Office, the British government's domestic affairs agency, did not use quotas in deporting illegal immigrants. "It's a effect of the hostile environment created by this (Conservative) government", London Mayor Sadiq Khan, a member of the opposition Labour Party, said Sunday, according to AP.

The difficulties faced by "longstanding pillars of the community" should never have happened, he said, adding: "I thought that it could be my mum, my brother, my uncle or even me".

Earlier, Mrs May defended the existence of targets during a local election campaign visit to Greater Manchester: "When I was Home Secretary, yes, there were targets in terms of removing people from the country who were here illegally".

Mr Javid is the first BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) politician to hold the role, previously holding roles as Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Minister for Equalities and Financial Secretary to the Treasury. Javid pointed out that his own parents - who emigrated from Pakistan in the 1960s - could have been victims of the Windrush scandal.

He said his first priority in office would be to keep the country safe but he told Sky News his most urgent task was to make sure the government's immigration policy is "fair, treats people with respect and decency".

The opposition Labour Party had accused Rudd of incompetence and being a "human shield" for May. Rudd was carrying forward May's policies, which caused her downfall.

Later, in response to a question from Labour backbencher Stephen Doughty, Mr Javid said he was "not now aware of any cases of wrongful deportation".

Rudd confessed in a letter to PM May that she had "inadvertently misled" MPs on the Commons home affairs committee over targets for deportations.

Replacement Mr Javid is the son of a Pakistani bus driver who had arrived in Britain in 1961 with one pound in his pocket.

Ms Rudd has denied knowledge of removals targets and come under intense pressure as the full extent of the Windrush scandal has come to light.

Rudd and May have apologized repeatedly to the Windrush generation in recent weeks, saying all pre-1973 Commonwealth immigrants who don't already have British citizenship will get it, and those affected will get compensation.

In an indication he would not shy away from tackling illegal immigration, Mr Javid said that "everyone in the country expects us to deal with that".

The prime minister today said that deportation targets were in place while she was home secretary. "We must urgently right this historic wrong".


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