No doubt like many other people, I find the whole business at Calais (and also in those boats crossing the Med) distressing, degrading and very disturbing.
The issues of immigration are complex and it is easy to say that we just don't want them here and that the whole problem should go away.
This morning there is an excellent - and interesting - article in Times 2 about Dominique Mollard who paid hundreds of dollars to get on to a 14m dinghy with 38 African migrants in order to film the experience. The results I understand are terrifying (at least 1721 people died in the first four months of this year attempting the crossing).
The mix of people is itself interesting - a widow with a five month old baby, a graduate who just wants a job. The voyage doesn't go well and what should have lasted for five days meant twelve days at sea with only a bucket for toilet facilities and sea sickness as well.
Many people don't expect to make the journey alive and most of them know that they will get a rough reception if they do. But they are desperate.
He did manage to find out that one African mother and her baby did succeed and the mother got a job as nanny for a Spanish family in Morocco (the journey across the Med was not successful) and now lives in Spain with her daughter now eight years old and doing well.
When you see the immigrants at the Channel Tunnel you see just how young they are and also how desperate. You see how they are disrupting the traffic and making these huge illegal camps.
We are all protective of our own territory. I too do not like folk encroaching on my own personal space - none of us do. I don't know what the answer is. What I do know is that if I was an African mum of a graduate son I would be proud of his achievement and if he decided to chance his arm although I wouldn't want him to I would back his attempt, even though I knew I would probably never see him again.
Mollard suggests the answer lies in providing more help of the right kind in Africa. Any money which rich countries put in should be carefully monitored for building factories, small companies and spending any money wisely.
When we see this distressing scene night after night on our TV News Screen we know that somehow, sooner or later, a solution has to be found. He reminds us that a few generations ago folk were leaving the UK to go to America, so the problem is not new.
Please don't think I am condoning any of it - I just find the whole thing distressing, the conditions squalid, the horror of mothers and tiny babies so desperate that they will take to these awful boats.
What is the answer?