The Bishop of Lichfield has called on local residents to sign a petition demanding an immigration amnesty for members of the Windrush Generation.
The group is made up of settlers from Caribbean Commonwealth nations who were invited to live and work in the UK following World War Two to help address labour shortages.
But an anomaly in the law means that many children who arrived were never formally naturalised and have subsequently faced immigration problems, despite living in the UK for the whole of their adult life.
The Bishop of Lichfield, the Right Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave, is among those who have signed a petition calling for an amnesty for those who arrived as minors under Windrush before 1971.
“As preparations are made to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Windrush, it saddens me greatly that people who have lived here their whole adult lives now face uncertainty and fear,” he said.
“These are individuals in their 50s and 60s who have contributed to society and may have never known a home outside of the UK.
“I am urging people across the Midlands and beyond to join me in signing this petition to right this wrong.”
At the time of writing, more than 80,000 people have already added their names to the online petition.