There are times when we seem to have a really bad reputation in the way we care for immigrants, or assylum seekers. There have been so many instances when groups of desperate folks from war torn countries try to get to our shores as a recognised place of safety, only to be intercepted enroute and thrown into what seem to be harsh detention centres whilst the authorities sort out their cases. There being so many of them now, this part is taking much longer than anyone intended or would really condone. The areas I have lived in have always felt safe and comforting for me; being born many years after the end of WW2, I have not felt the prejudice that many others say have blighted their lives. I have however worked for the ministry that oversees justice and feel proud to have served what is still a pretty fair system, despite the challenges it faces.