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Windrush victim visits Jamaica after receiving UK residence permit

One of the men wrongfully detained in the UK during the Windrush scandal has returned to Jamaica to see his 90 year-old mother for the first time in a decade after finally getting his residence permit.
 
Anthony Bryan, who is based in London, was held by authorities twice and told he would be deported to Jamaica.
 
He left the island in 1965 when he was eight.
 
The painter and decorator said he feared being denied re-entry to the UK if he visited his mother in Jamaica, having learned her health was poor around the same time he felt the impact of the British Government's hostile attitude towards immigrants in 2015.
 
Mr. Bryan, a 61 year old grandfather, told how he made it to St Ann to see his mother, Lucille Thompson.
 
He reached Jamaica on June 10 to an emotional scene with his mother, his first time outside the UK in 53 years.
 
Mr Bryan was presented on May 8 with his biometric residence permit.
 
He believes he only got his proof of residence because of the publicity surrounding the Windrush scandal.
 
Mr Bryan plans to spend two months with his mother before returning home to Edmonton, north London.
 
He said he has reserved his judgment on Sajid Javid, who replaced Amber Rudd as Home Secretary in the wake of the scandal, despite getting his permit.
 
Mr Bryan's case was one of many highlighted when it emerged members of the Windrush generation were being deported, detained, denied healthcare, work and housing despite having a legal right to be in the UK.
 
Having arrived as children, many assumed their citizenship was secured automatically and have struggled to prove their right to residence under tough conditions in the so-called hostile environment created under Theresa May when she was Home Secretary.
 


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