Today the Unison union campaigns for "undocumented migrants" - illegal immigrants - to be given British citizenship. Effectively they're campaigning for open borders, despite the effects of mass immigration on its members wages.
"The availability of migrant labour had stopped pay settlements picking up more sharply in response to higher inflation ..."
It wasn't always like that. Seventy years ago Government and unions were very cautious about allowing even the most deserving of refugees to compete for jobs with the indigenous people.
"They will not be allowed to take the jobs of British workers here or receive unemployment benefit. The Trades Unions are satisfied about that."
600,000 is about the gross inward immigration for a single year now. About 30,000 German (mostly Jewish) refugees came, including the parents of quite a few friends, over about six years between 1933 and 1939. Many of those who couldn't get out didn't survive.
Even the generous reponse of the British public to the Baldwin appeal raised the hackles of those who thought charity should begin at home. If people are willing to give to strangers, they asked, what about our own unemployed ?
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