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Avoid ‘alarmist’ rhetoric on immigration, says English cardinal

April 22, 2014

Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster has cautioned against “alarmist” rhetoric in the debate over immigration.

“What I would appeal today is that the debate about immigration is done with a sense of realism and a sense of respect-- and that it is not cushioned in expressions which are alarmist and evocative of anger or of dismay or distress at all these people coming to this country,” he said in an interview with the Daily Telegraph. “The reality is that the vast majority of migrants to this country add to our well-being.”

“We have to grow to appreciate the richness that immigration brings, not simply to the Catholic church but to the life of hospitals and many public sector areas where we are now embracing and dependent on people who come to this country willing to give and wanting to support their families back home,” he added.


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  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Apr. 22, 2014 9:26 AM ET USA

    The real problem here for the English is Muslim immigration and no other. It is instructive that the Cardinal and seemingly everyone else (see Telegraph link above) avoid mentioning this fact, concentrating instead on the question of jobs and who will take them. But everyday reality in Britain does not escape the notice of the average citizen; he knows what is in fact at stake, and it is far more than simply a paycheck.