UK Independence Party leader, Nigel Farage, and the Daily Mirror's associate editor Kevin Maguire spoke to Daybreak about the e-petition which aims to stop mass migration form Bulgaria and Romania.
Mr Maguire said: "We've got to be very careful in this debate because passions get enflamed, and people actually get the wrong end of the stick, it fans the flames of extremism".
Speaking about the number of people on benefits, Mr Farage said: "Nobody should be able to claim benefits until they have been here for five years and obeyed the law. Wouldn't that be a more logical way of going about this?"
Dave Landau, from the campaign group 'No One Is Illegal' told Daybreak the 'Stop migration' petition being discussed by MPs today "is a dreadful thing", he added, "I think it's scaremongering, spreading fear and also it's discriminatory."
He said it was unlikely there would be a big influx of migrants from Bulgaria and Romania to the UK, as their countries of preferred choice were Italy, Spain and Germany.
Home Secretary Theresa May said the UK is not the "only" country which will be opening its borders to Romania and Bulgaria in 2014.
Today MPs will debate an e-petition entitled 'Stop mass immigration from Bulgarians and Romanians in 2014'.
It is not the case that the UK is the only country that is suddenly going to find its borders open on January 1 2014 to Romania and Bulgaria. There are other significant countries within the EU such as Germany, Austria, France who will also be opening their borders to Romania and Bulgaria at the same time.