Too many issues for us to be proud of City of sanctuary tag

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The views expressed in The Star’s editorial (July 22) about Sheffield being “proud to be called a City Of Sanctuary” may be commendable if we lived in a country with vast areas of land with room to accommodate huge numbers of people arriving here.

I resent the inference that anyone who doesn’t welcome refugees and asylum seekers must be “intent on whipping up division in our communties” – in other words those of us who object to the influx of foreigners are branded as racist. The immigration issue has nothing to do with the colour of a person’s skin or where they come from but is to do with our country’s infrastructure not being able to support the vast numbers arriving on our shores. It is obvious to anyone with common sense that not only is our country unable to cope with this influx but it is impacting on the quality of life of our own population. The NHS, schools and housing are stretched to breaking point with 29,000 people on the housing waiting list in Sheffield alone. We cannot continue welcoming people with open arms whilst seeing the detrimental effect it is having on our own culture and way of life. It is time those who support our shambolic immigration policy faced reality, but the political elite who make the decisions usually live very comfortable lives in areas unaffected by mass immigration. I’d love to see David Cameron or Nick Clegg spend a week living in Page Hall or any other area struggling with these problems and perhaps they would then realise enough is enough. Am I proud to live in Sheffield the City of Sanctuary? It grieves me to say so but I am definitely not as, like the majority of my fellow citizens, I can see what a devastating effect it is having on our communities and country as a whole.

Susan Richardson