Good Morning Britain viewers were moved to tears today (May 8) following a touching moment.
Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid invited former guests Clayton Barnes and Anthony Bryan back onto the show – both of whom had been interviewed by the presenters after falling victim to the Windrush scandal.
Clayton came to London after the War and was given the indefinite right to remain in the UK. However, after recently returning to Jamaica to help his family repair hurricane damage to their home, he was told he couldn’t travel back to the UK.
The shock injustice meant that he was separated from his daughter and grandchildren.
Meanwhile, Clayton, 60, lost his job when the company contacted him to say that he had no right to be in the UK, adding that his employer could face a fine of up to £10,000 if it continued to employ him as an “illegal worker”.
He was then forced to spend a total of three weeks in immigration removal centres despite the fact that he has lived in the UK for 52 years and paid taxes for more than 40 years.
On GMB today, both men were told that their cases have finally been resolved by the Home Office, and Susanna and Piers were able to present both men with their UK citizenships live on the show.
Clayton’s daughter Samantha Barnes-Garner was reduced to tears by the result.
She said: “I thank you a lot, I do. Your guys behind the scenes… Every time I made a phone call or sent an email, the response wasn’t happening quick enough but as soon as I spoke to one of your guys, or your researchers, literally things were happening within minutes.”
Susanna and Piers then revealed they had another surprise in store for Anthony. He had told the presenters previously that he had been desperate to fly to Jamaica to visit his sick mother but wasn’t able to because he wouldn’t have been allowed to return to the UK.
However, following the confirmation of his UK citizenship, GMB splashed out on return tickets to Jamaica so that he could see his poorly mum in the safe knowledge that he could return to British shores, where his children and grandchildren live.
“I don’t know how to say… This is great guys,” he told the presenters. “I didn’t even expect this!”
Those tuning in at home were also moved by the gesture:
Susanna and Piers then called on any other viewers facing similar struggles to get in touch with ITV to see if the show is able to help.
Good Morning Britain is on ITV, weekdays at 6am.
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