During the recent debate on Rwanda in the House of Lords, the archbishop of Canterbury said that almost every tradition of faith and humanism in the world stresses the dignity of the individual.
And at the heart of the Christian tradition is that strangers are welcomed. “Jesus said: ‘I was a stranger and you invited me in’,” he said.
He said we as a nation could do better than this bill. It will undermine the rule of law, and damage the reputation of the country.
He said he was glad that small boat crossing numbers are coming down.
He added that the world needed a global strategy for dealing with the problems caused by migration.
And he said, although he viewed Rwanda as a wonderful country, the UK should not be outsourcing its legal and moral responsibility for refugees to it.