Sajid Javid has been appointed the UK’s new Home Secretary following the shock resignation of Amber Rudd late on Sunday night in the wake of a growing scandal over the so-called “Windrush generation” of migrants.
Javid, who is of Pakistani decent, is a the first member of an ethnic minority to hold the position. He was formerly the Communities, Local Government and Housing Secretary.
Prime Minister Theresa May announced Javid’s position in a tweet Monday morning.
Former Home Secretary Rudd quit the top Cabinet post after admitting she “inadvertently misled” government over targets for the deportation of illegal immigrants.
The resignation comes amid a growing scandal over the government’s mistreatment of the “Windrush generation,” men and women from the Caribbean who arrived legally in Britain in the 1950s and 60s, but who have struggled to prove their status amid the crackdown on illegal immigration.
Rudd is the fourth high-ranking minister to resign from Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative government in the past six months, coming at a delicate time for the embattled leader already negotiating Britain’s exit from the EU.
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SOURCE: CNN, Sheena McKenzie and Ralph Ellis