By banning migrants from claiming benefits for three months, the PM simply reinforces the myth that immigration is an ill.
The PM's Ukip-style positioning on immigration is viewed as weakness or blackmail by the rest of the EU.
The more we stoke public anger and distrust on immigration, the more we threaten the stability of our political system in general.
It was left to EU Employment Commissioner Laszlo Andor to point out that "the British public has not been told all the truth".
Rather than pandering to the UKIP leader, Soubry declared on Question Time: "You do not talk facts, you talk prejudice."
Between 1998 and 2012, more than 16,000 people are known to have died attempting to migrate to the European Union.
Confronting Esam Amin on the <em>Sunday Politics West</em>, Harper said that his claim to stay in Britain was "ridiculous".
In defiance of ministers' claims, the new report finds that EU migrants are "less likely to receive disability and unemployment benefits".
While trumpeting greater immigration as an economic good in the case of China, ministers are strangling it elsewhere.
The coalition's reductive focus on numbers and ever-tighter restrictions will not create the fair and effective migration system that it says it wants.