Yes.I don't agree with the labels either for what it's worth. We have to be very careful of engendering mass hysteria which allows the crazies to run riot.My family adopted two Vietnamese refugee children, fostered a few others and befriended and assisted many others, many adults included. I am no stranger to the problem.
My adopted brother and sister were also called filth and treated appallingly with insult and violence only a street corner away.
The stories of their escape, journey and treatment in camps where they were held for two years are harrowing to say the least.
There were some bad guys hiding among those groups and yes they need to be weeded out, the rest though should be treated with compassion and dignity, many of them will have seen horrors the rest of us would be better not to imagine.
Keith, you do not let me down, this is a complex situation and I respect your considered opinion. I assure you the difficulties of this situation are not lost on me and I don't plead for mass opening of gates. I ignored most of the vitriol but there is content there that needs to be shown for what it is.
When I see people called filth I see the eyes of my adopted brother as he stepped off a bus and two people followed him off calling him exactly that, not knowing I was there to meet him. That young man is now an engineer. Those two young bastards are unlikely to have been as useful I think.
It's interesting you mention Vietnamese. In the 1970's we took in a lot of Vietnamese Boat People, and as boaters ourselves, we organised charity events, raised money, donated food and clothing and they were housed in an ex RAF airbase at Thorney Island in Sussex. Eventually, they assimilated into our society and you can find many of them now running successful restaurants and import/export businesses.
The downside is that many of their siblings are involved in people trafficking and smuggling and the cars with "British Number Plates" seen buzzing around Sangatte organising the tunnel riots recently are, for the best part, UK born 2nd and 3rd generation Vietnamese.
Obviously not all Vietnamse are so involved, but it is a glaring contrast to the unconditional assistance they received in the United Kingdom, and we were not even involved in their war. If there is no consequential loyalty to the host nation that saved you, what hope is there for future integration and multiculturalism?
PS I have no truck with racism in any form...I love everyone, including Americans