The lifting of restrictions has had no significant impact on the number working in the UK.
Contrary to Yvette Cooper, the evidence suggests that the problem is less severe than commonly thought.
The party's new campaign is designed to win votes by whipping up animosity against foreigners living and working and contributing to this country.
The new Culture Secretary's Pakistani father was welcomed in 1961. But the migration cap means his successors are being turned away today.
The party's promise to exclude overseas students from any future immigration target puts it on the right side of the economic argument.
The parties can't promise to reduce the number of newcomers. But they can do more to improve migrant integration and to reassure the public.
The Business Secretary tries to appeal to fiscal conservatives by highlighting that reduced EU migration will lead to "a much slower reduction in the public debt".
It's a sweet irony that Margaret Thatcher is the heroine both of some of those who wish to come here and many of those who oppose their doing so.
The Tories are hailing the UK's projected growth while promoting policies that would strangle it.