The Windrush victim's daughter warns against linking the scandal with the deportation of Jamaican murderers and rapists
- Clayton Barnes was falsely targeted by authorities in the Windrush scandal
- His daughter said it was wrong to link his case to die-hard criminals
- Samantha Barnes-Garner said deporting criminals is the right thing to do
The daughter of a Windrush victim last night insisted that the scandal should not be linked to the deportation of Jamaican murderers and rapists.
Samantha Barnes-Garner, whose elder father Clayton Barnes was falsely targeted by the Home Office, said the two issues were "completely different".
The 50-year-old dance teacher insisted that it was “absolutely” right for the government to deport criminals to their home countries.
Clayton Barnes, falsely targeted by the Home Office, had lived in Britain for 50 years
His daughter, Samantha Barnes-Garner, said in the picture it was wrong to link her father's case to those of the criminals who are due to be deported this week
Their comments came after Home Secretary Priti Patel said in yesterday's Daily Mail that it was "deeply insulting" for Labor MPs and celebrities to "fuse" the Windrush scandal with a charter flight this week involving 13 Jamaican criminals removed.
Barnes, now 84, was stranded in Jamaica despite having worked in Britain for more than half a century. "It's a completely different topic, there is no way the two should be linked," added Ms. Barnes-Garner.
"In my father's case, he was not allowed to return to the country for no apparent reason, even though he had been here since 1959.
"He had done all of his work here and committed no crimes – he paid his taxes and he worked."
Mr Barnes, a retired roofer from Milton Keynes, was trapped in Jamaica after going there in 2010 to renovate his home that had been damaged by a hurricane.
When he tried to return to the UK for Christmas in 2013, he was told that his permanent residence permit was invalid.
Mr Barnes came to the UK in 1959 and wanted to split his retirement between the UK and Jamaica
The five-headed grandfather said at the time: “I feel terrible, like I am being treated as a criminal. I came here to fix the house so I could split my retirement between Jamaica and England but now I'm told I can't go back. It's like I've been deported.
“England was my home, I lived there, worked there, got married there and had children there. I've worked hard, paid my taxes, and have no criminal record. Why can't i come back "
The Home Office mistake resulted in Mr Barnes being unable to access NHS care in 2018 due to a lung problem – despite having paid taxes in that country for 51 years. After his case was reported in the mail in April 2018, he was granted a biometric residence permit.
Yesterday, Miss Patel beat up Labor MPs and celebrities like supermodel Naomi Campbell and actress Thandie Newton, who signed an open letter calling for the deportation flight to Jamaica to be stopped and linked to Windrush.
Yesterday, Miss Patel beat up Labor MPs and celebrities like supermodel Naomi Campbell and actress Thandie Newton, who signed an open letter calling for the deportation flight to Jamaica to be stopped and linked to Windrush
She said: "Not only is it misjudged and disturbing to see the ill-informed Labor politicians and celebrities trying to associate the Windrush victims with these heinous criminals, but also deeply insulting."
The Windrush scandal that emerged from 2017 led the Home Office to erroneously target people for removal following changes in immigration policy. You were completely innocent of any crime. The Jamaican nationals scheduled for deportation on Wednesday's interior ministry charter flight had been convicted of crimes such as murder and rape.
Only 13 deportations were carried out after lawyers managed to remove them from the passenger list for another 23.
Priti Patel accused of "appropriating" Windrush victims
Priti Patel was yesterday accused of "appropriating" the pain of the Windrush victims.
The Home Secretary had criticized celebrities who signed a letter opposing the deportations for trying to link the Windrush victims to heinous criminals. A statement from some victims and relatives – including the daughter of the late activist Paulette Wilson – said Miss Patel's comments were "deeply offensive".
It read: "Priti Patel has appropriated the voice of Windrush victims and activists … apparently without knowing that the letter she quoted was [also] signed by us."
It added that Miss Patel "does not speak for us and does not seem to have any knowledge or understanding of racism against blacks which she perpetuates instead".