LIKE John Killick, I too am shocked by the proposal to send refugees to Rwanda. (Shocked by proposal, Craven Herald letters, April 28). Shocked that it has taken so many years of uncontrolled illegal immigration before a Home Secretary has finally taken sensible steps to stop this assault upon our shores.

Were it allowed to continue, our already overpopulated island with its failing infrastructure would itself become a third world country and the likes of myself would be jumping on the next passing inflatable unicorn and paddling towards Canada or the USA and claiming asylum.

Were I the resident of a country where my family risked persecution or death for our beliefs I would do my utmost to escape with them and get to a safe country and at that first safe country would throw myself on the mercy of the authorities for safe asylum until it was deemed safe to return to my homeland.

Were I somebody who just wanted to exchange my country for somewhere where milking the system was child's play, I would cross many safe countries to get to the United Kingdom, a place where the people and the authorities are kind (gullible) and the liberal do-gooders believe anything you tell them. So I would leave my family, young, old and female in the alleged hellhole I'm too scared to stay in and go along with many more fit young men from my country and sit about on the coast of France until I can enter into an expensive criminal contract with a people trafficker to get me on a dinghy to Kent as an illegal immigrant.

After being safely escorted by the French navy I will wait for my Border Force water taxi to whisk me to the shores of paradise knowing I will be met by people who wont question my story or check to see if I'm wanted for rape or murder in my own country and I will be made for life.

However, if I knew that upon setting foot on Kent's golden sands I would be off to Rwanda on a one way ticket where people would actually be checking my tale of woe I think I would be able to find better ways of using my money in my own country.

Yes, there are some genuine asylum seekers who have my sympathy and should be given all possible help. It is a great shame that they have to jump through many hoops to get help, but the fault lies not with heartless authority but with the illegal immigrants and people traffickers who abuse the system spoiling it for genuine claimants.

Mr Killick and others are entitled to their views but unfortunately, as ever, they are laying the blame at the wrong door.

Paul Morley

Long Preston