The views expressed in The Star’s editorial (July 22) about Sheffield being “proud to be called a City Of Sanctuary” may well be commendable if we lived in a country with vast areas of land and had room to accommodate the huge numbers of people arriving here.
I resent the inference that anyone who doesn’t welcome refugees and asylum seekers to our city must be “intent on whipping up division in our communties” - in other words those of us who object to the influx of foreigners descending on our country are branded as racist.
The truth of the matter is that the immigration issue has nothing whatsoever to do with the colour of a person’s skin or indeed where they come from but has everything to do with our country’s infrastructure not being able to support the vast numbers arriving on our shores.
It is blatantly obvious to anyone with a degree of 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 indigenous population.
The NHS, schools and housing are stretched to breaking point with 29,000 people on the housing waiting list in Sheffield alone and this is being repeated throughout the country which is certainly nothing to be proud of.
It is high time those who support our shambolic immigration policy faced reality, but of course 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 in the country struggling with these problems and perhaps they would then realise enough is enough.
Am I proud to live in Sheffield the City of Sanctuary?
Although it grieves me to say so I am most 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.
Yours sincerely, Susan Richardson