"I believe people will have more faith in our immigration system if they see that we are doing everything we can to help young British men and women into work. To that end, the Coalition has also capped unskilled migration from outside the EU."
"But we have also decided to suspend low skilled migration from outside Europe through the points based system which will provide additional protection for low paid workers."
Politicians from all parties are always saying that we need an "open and honest" debate about immigration. Getting your facts completely wrong doesn't help. On policy, there's not much to say about the speech, except that it was profoundly illiberal (from an economic perspective); on this, again, there seems to be a regrettable cross-party consensus. My outline of what a liberal, market-friendly approach that took the contribution of immigration to growth and productivity seriously is here.