New challenges ? But why ? Isn't greater diversity a good thing ?
Police officers were now dealing with close to 100 languages without having the right skills - a situation, which had landed the force with a translation bill of at least £800,000.
Are you suggesting these people commit crime ?
The force had also seen rises in some crimes which could be directly associated with migration. These included drink-driving involving foreign nationals and the emergence of an "international dimension" to crimes including cannabis production, human trafficking and credit card skimming.
But ... but ... no less a person than David Aaronovitch has said that "there is no greater propensity among immigrants towards crime, pros titution and anti-social behaviour than among the population at large". Me no understand.
The force's report warned that officers had seen increases in "critical incidents" and tensions within some communities fuelled by local resentment towards newcomers.
Yes, well - that just means the natives are Daily Mail-reading, nazi bigots, surely. That's why we're replacing them - the sooner they all push off elsewhere the better. It's the locals that need locking up, not the newcomers.
Research into migrant workers has shown they are playing an increasingly pivotal role in some regions where employers say they struggle to recruit. The food industry is one of these key sectors, with major farming-related employers in Cambridgeshire and neighbouring counties actively seeking Eastern European workers to cover labour shortages.
For "struggle to recruit" read "struggle to recruit people to work for £5.35 an hour while living 12 to a two-bed maisonette and sharing a van".
The Chief Constable's full report is here (pdf).
It's interesting to see that it's the police who are kicking up. Would have been unthinkable only five or ten years back. It appears that lots of Somalis, Afghans, Kurds, Kosovans - no crime problem there. Poles ? They're white enough for us to tell the truth and not worry we'll be called racist.
Of course for the real impact of Polish immigration on crime we'll have to wait twenty or thirty years.
The fact that these new Brits are polite and hard-working, do not do crack or firearms, nor are they likely to blow up Tube trains, is a function of the culture they have arrived with. It tells us nothing about what their first and second generation descendents will be like after twenty years exposure to the cultural vacuum of the UK.
Back on Fantasy Island, the Lib Dems are making themselves feel all warm and cosy.
The Liberal Democrats insisted immigration was "not too high" as they outlined radical plans to offer an amnesty to thousands of people living in the UK illegally. Home affairs spokesman Nick Clegg said anyone who tried to set a limit on inflow to Britain was "deluded" - blaming Government incompetence for intense public concern on the issue.
Mr Clegg was speaking as the Lib Dems sought to shift the focus on to policy after the first half of their conference was blighted by sniping at Sir Menzies Campbell's leadership. Delegates also backed controversial tax proposals designed to "hammer" the richest 10% and punish those whose lifestyles damage the environment.
Official figures indicate that more than 560,000 people have been arriving in the UK with the intention of staying more than a year - many from countries which have recently joined the EU, such as Poland. They are offset by around 380,000 departing these shores. However, an estimated 600,000 are also living here illegally.
Asked during a briefing for journalists whether there was too much immigration into Britain, Mr Clegg replied: "In our view it's not too high. In our view the whole debate on immigration is placed on the wrong footing if you try to delude yourself or the public into thinking there is a kind of ideal number."