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Sajid Javid apologises to woman who faced deportation

PICTURED: Willow Sims (Image: Screengrab/BBC)

A WOMAN who faced deportation from the UK despite being eligible for help from the Windrush taskforce has received an apology from Sajid Javid.

Willow Sims, who came to the UK from the US when she was four years old, was wrongly denied assistance under the Windrush scheme.

Sims, a mother-of-two, had worked as a teaching assistant, but after she was unable to prove her right to live and work in the UK in response to a routine DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check, she lost the ability to secure employment, the BBC reported.

The 41-year-old had lost documentation to prove she had indefinite leave to remain in the UK when she was taken into foster care as a child.

Without it she was unable to access healthcare and financial assistance from the government.

Sims sought help via the Windrush helpline but she was wrongly told that she did not qualify for help because she was not born in a Commonwealth country.

The BBC contacted the Home Office about Sims’ case and it confirmed she was eligible for help via the hotline.

Speaking in the House of Commons yesterday, Javid said: "I am absolutely happy to apologise to her for the mistakes of the Home Office in not recognising the importance of her case right from the first moment she contacted the Home Office."

Sims told the BBC that she hoped the no one would have to go through what she experienced and that the experience had caused a decline in her mental health.

"I'm just so happy that I have a name again and that I'm a person again.

"I just hope a solution can be found so that nobody has to not exist ever again," she said.

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