Afghan war ‘controls immigration’

Phil Woolas makes a fool of himself. We don’t need to wage war to control immigration, we can control immigration with our sovereign political policy and stern actions at our own national borders., 4 Nov 2009: Removing troops from Afghanistan would “significantly increase” the number of asylum seekers coming to the UK, the immigration minister has said.

Phil Woolas told MPs one “benefit” of the Army’s presence in the country was “to help us control immigration”.

The comments come on the day that five UK troops were killed in Helmand.

The Conservatives said Mr Woolas’s remarks had been “pretty crass”, while the Liberal Democrats called them “tasteless and disrespectful”.

The UK’s stated primary aim for being in Afghanistan is to tackle the Taliban and help protect the UK from terrorism.

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