Windrush scandal shows what happens when anti-immigrant hysteria takes over

The treatment of the Windrush kids is one of those rare moments when there is a broad political consensus on defending immigrants. This happens once every few years – the last memorable occasions were Joanna Lumley’s heroic campaign for the Gurkhas in 2008 and the outcry for an increase in refugee places after Alan Kurdî’s body washed up on the beach in 2015. It doesn’t last long. Pro-immigrant voices need to be efficient in making best use of it when it is happening.

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