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IMMIGRATION DEBATE (UK VERSION)

Frank Field is one of Britain’s most thoughtful Labour MPs; in fact he’s one of Britain’s most thoughtful MPs of any party. Here (via the BBC), he dissects the arguments of those mass immigration enthusiasts who seem to view human beings as little more than factors of economic production (so, runs the logic, simply import more to reduce costs, and, allegedly, ‘boost growth’).   “Frank Field questioned whether current record levels of migration into Britain were “sustainable”. And he told the BBC News website the UK was in danger of becoming a “global traffic station” for migrant workers… Tony Blair’s official spokesman distanced Downing Street from Mr Field, saying the MP “speaks for himself” and added that “you have to remember the great economic benefit of migration”. Mr Field, a former welfare minister, questioned whether this level of immigration was sustainable without “dramatic” changes to the character of the country and hitting poorer areas, which have to absorb migrants.”This is the most massive transformation of our population. Do we just merely accept this as another form of globalisation? That it doesn’t matter where you are, or that you belong to a country and have roots? That we are all just following the jobs?” Mr Field told the BBC News Website. People who questioned mass immigration were often accused of “playing the race card” but, Mr Field argued, this was “just another way of closing down debate”. The Birkenhead MP added: “There will be economic gains [from immigration] but I am just raising whether any country can sustain the rate of immigration we are now suffering. “If we are not careful, we will be transformed into a global traffic station and that is not what most people mean by being part of a country.”   Sound familiar?

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