After today’s damning EHRC report on the Windrush scandal, the policy that destroyed so many lives must be scrapped

• Satbir Singh is chief executive of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants

Today a damning report confirms the government broke equality laws by ignoring evidence that its flagship hostile environment policy would lead to racial discrimination. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) also found that the Home Office had failed to address concerns that were raised with ministers.

It is the second major, independent review of the Home Office to be published this year (the exhaustive Windrush Lessons Learned review was published in March). Both inquiries have concluded that the Windrush scandal may well have been avoided if only ministers had thought through the inevitable consequences of their policy choices or listened to the warnings being shared early on by experts, charities and communities.

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