The son of Pakistani immigrants has been named the United Kingdom’s new home secretary after his predecessor resigned amidst allegations of seeking to increase deportations of illegal immigrants.
Sajid Javid is being hailed as the country’s ‘first ethnic minority’ to hold the position, which entails oversight of immigration and citizenship affairs, national security and policing.
“We’re going to have a strategy in place that does something the previous home secretary set out last week when she made a statement to parliament – to ensure that we have an immigration policy that is fair, it treats people with respect, and with decency,” Javid announced. “That will be one of my most urgent tasks, to make sure that we look carefully at the policy and make sure it achieves just that – fairness.”
In a 2015 profile piece, the London Telegraph wondered if Javid could “make it all the way,” asserting that the “son of a Muslim bus driver has enjoyed a smooth ride through the Tory party ranks.”
Current Prime Minister Theresa May also served as home secretary.
Following the 2017 Islamic terrorist massacre on Westminster Bridge in London, Javid told attendees of the ‘Muslim News Awards for Excellence’ that Muslims cannot also be murderers.
“I’m no religious scholar. Many years have passed since I studied the Quran as a child. But even I know it offers no justification for what happened in Paris, or for the kind of indiscriminate slaughter that came to Westminster last week,” he said. “You literally cannot be both a Muslim and a murderer. Nor do the views and actions of the extremists have anything in common with our daily lives.”