James O'Brien is Leading Britain's Conversation.
14 December 2016, 15:28
Dot is a Polish lady who has lived and worked in London for 13 years. Today, she phoned James O'Brien to say how upset she is that the government won't guarantee she can stay after Brexit.
She moved to London when she was just 17 and said she had worked and paid taxes every year since then.
"You don't have to say that to me," James responded. "That's British values, people feeling that they have to justify their very presence."
Dot said so concerned that Theresa May declined to promise that EU workers can stay once Britain leaves the EU.
She said: "This is the only home I know. I have no identity back in Poland, I have no credit score, nothing. I moved here and I started working straight away.
"I've got an amazing group of friends, who are British, who are my family here. Not everyone is against Europeans here.
"But after Brexit, the hate crimes stirred up so badly, it was so sad to watch, especially for someone who has been here all their adult life. And I embrace everything about Britain."
James concluded: "I can't imagine we'd kick people out, even in 2016, in the current climate of toxicity, the enabling of race hate, I just can't see it happening.
"But the fact that the House of Lords have made the report means we have to talk about it."