Speaking at the Home Affairs Select Committee in relation to the recent Windrush scandal, Rudd claimed that the Home Office did not set targets for the removal of illegal migrants. The annual target was increased to 12,000 in 2015-16 - 160 per week - up from 7,200 in 2014-15.
The issue of removals targets was raised as part of the Home Affairs Committee's inquiry into the Windrush children, who came to the United Kingdom legally in the 1950s and 60s but have since been threatened with deportation or denied access to public services because of uncertainty about their immigration status.
MPs such as Labour's David Lammy, who has championed the cause in Parliament, fear this target would include the Windrush generation, citizens that are in the United Kingdom lawfully. "Figure 3 shows actual performance between March 2014 and February 2015".
The targets, and how they were divided up, were first reported by the BBC.
Who did the targets apply to?
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The Home Office subsequently issued an apology to the Windrush generation and said they are highly-valued members of society.
The assistance was available to anyone over 18 who was in the United Kingdom illegally, had been refused leave to remain in the United Kingdom or had applied for an extension of leave but wanted to withdraw the application and depart.
She added: "If it's true that posters were displayed to remind staff of these targets, how is it possible that the home secretary and the director general of borders, immigration, and citizenship were not fully aware of this?"
Wrong. It was later revealed that the Home Office, as recently as three years ago, did have targets for the removal of illegal migrants.
Williams told MPs on the committee that the Home Office since 2008 had been moving away from interviewing applicants in the case of economic and student migration, towards greater use of "prescriptive lists of documents", in order to make the process more objective.
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Ms Rudd, however, did not bow to their demands.
Asked whether she regarded herself as a future leadership contender, she said: "I'm pretty much focused on what I have got to do now".
"I do take seriously my responsibility but I do think I am the person who can put it right", Ms Rudd said.
The Home Secretary was told she has the "total support" of Conservative MPs after being summoned to the Commons to explain why she told a committee on Wednesday that no targets exist for removing people from the UK.
"I have never agreed that there should be specific removal targets and I would never support a policy that puts targets ahead of people", Rudd told parliament in answer to an urgent request for a statement from the opposition Labour Party.
She described the targets in the inspection report as "local targets used for internal performance management". "But if they were used inappropriately then this will have to change".
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