Business leaders have hit back at the "irresponsible rhetoric" of Home Secretary Theresa May's speech on immigration at the Conservative Party conference, saying that the "myth of the job-stealing-immigrant is nonsense".
Simon Walker, Director General of the Institute of Directors, said:
We are astonished by the irresponsible rhetoric and pandering to anti-immigration sentiment from the Home Secretary.
It is yet another example of the Home Secretary turning away the world’s best and brightest, putting internal party politics ahead of the country, and helping our competitor economies instead of our own.
The myth of the job-stealing immigrant is nonsense.
Immigrants do not steal jobs, they help fill vital skill shortages and, in doing so, create demand and more jobs.
If they did steal jobs, we wouldn’t have the record levels of employment we currently do.
It is about time the Home Office stopped undermining business and our own Government's efforts to secure productivity growth.
Political leaders should stop vilifying migrants and acknowledge the hugely important contribution they make to this country's economy.
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