Home secretary: At least 63 Windrush citizens wrongly removed since 2002

Anthony Bryan and Paulette Wilson spoke about their treatment by the Home Office and in detention centres

In response, Bryan said: "I hate to say it, but I don't think I'd have this problem [if] I had come from Canada instead of coming from Jamaica".

Asked if he thought race was a "big" factor in what happened, he said: 'In the Home Office?

Mr Bryan, 60, and Paulette Wilson, 61, told parliament's joint committee on human rights of their treatment by the Home Office and during periods that both of them had spent in immigration removal centres.

Javid said the number was provisional as work on Home Office records was still going on. I thought they were sending me to die. He said he was left "broken" by his treatment.

His difficulties began when he lost his job after receiving a letter informing him he had no right to remain, despite having lived in the United Kingdom since 1965. They had tickets for me.

When asked what they would have done if their families hadn't helped them fight their cases, Wilson said: "I would be in Jamaica all alone. I was upset. It was very hard".

"I give thanks for having a daughter like the one I've got".

In the months leading up to his detention, Mr Bryan lost his job after being told his manager could be fined for employing an illegal immigrant.

Ms Wilson, from Wolverhampton, who gave evidence alongside her daughter, Natalie Barnes, had been looked after by her grandparents after arriving in Britain aged 10. In October previous year she was detained and taken to the Yarl's Wood immigration removal centre in Bedfordshire, where she spent a week before being released.

The resulting scandal saw Interior Minister Amber Rudd resign last month and has led to questions towards Prime Minister Theresa May, who was Interior Minister for six years before Ms Rudd presided over a toughening of immigration policies.

Referring to the decision to detain her, she told the committee: 'Where could I have run to?

Sajid Javid said that at least 63 people from the Windrush generation had been wrongfully removed from the United Kingdom since 2002, as he gave evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee.

Diane Abbott, the shadow home secretary, said she was "glad we've got this figure".

In his first appearance before a Commons committee since becoming Home Secretary, Mr Javid said Home Office officials were urgently trying to establish how many Windrush immigrants may have been deported from the United Kingdom, and how many of them were wrongly removed.

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