Suella Braverman’s rhetoric that treats migrants coming to the UK as “invaders” is “deeply and personally upsetting”, former child refugee Lord Dubs has said.
The Labour peer described the Home Secretary’s language as one of the low points of his long parliamentary career.
Ms Braverman has faced repeated criticism for her rhetoric describing migrants crossing the English Channel.
Lord Dubs, the former Labour MP for Battersea Alf Dubs, was asked about the highs and lows of his time in the Commons and Lords.
He told the new Lord Speaker’s Corner podcast: “I have to say, when the Home Secretary talks about refugees as invaders, I find that deeply and personally upsetting.
“Invaders are hostile people.
“Whereas what we’re talking about are people who are fleeing from war, persecution, threats to their safety and so on.
“And I think we owe them a bit of compassion.
“So that is another low, and I’d strive in politics to have to overcome that.
“And when I’m talking outside Parliament and in Parliament, I try and argue an opposing case.”
In January, a video emerged of Holocaust survivor Joan Salter, 83, confronting Ms Braverman and likening her language on migrants attempting to cross the Channel to that used by the Nazis.
Ms Braverman thanked Ms Salter for her question during a meeting in her Fareham constituency, but said she “won’t apologise” for claiming there is “an invasion” on the south coast.
Since taking office, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has made stopping small-boat crossings one of his priorities.