CONSERVATIVE councillors have vowed to rip up Kirklees Council's deal with the Government to take in asylum seekers and refugees.
Party leaders have said they will put local people first if voted into power.
Their pledge has been slammed as extremist, ignorant and wrong.
Kirklees has a contract with the Home Office to house a number of refugees every year.
Although the contract should expire in 2005, the Tories want to tear it up early if they win the local elections in June.
Kirklees' Tory group leader, Clr Robert Light, believed Kirklees had been tricked into the contact by the Government.
"Bogus refugees have caused problems throughout Kirklees, particularly in parts of Huddersfield and Dewsbury, and we intend to deal with this to maintain the good community relations.
"These people claim benefits, are given housing ahead of local people and there is no reason why local residents should be funding them through their taxes," he said.
His colleague Clr Imtiaz Ameen added: "They are simply taking advantage of the Government and the Council."
Their comments have appalled asylum workers who slammed them as a vote-winning ruse mirroring the language of extremists.
Critics say the ploy to outflank the British National Party will backfire by giving credence to extreme views.
The critics pointed out even if the Home Office contract was terminated, asylum seekers and refugees would still continue to come to the area to live in agency-run private properties.
About 40% of asylum seekers and refugees in Kirklees arrive under the Home Office contract.
Council leader Kath Pinnock said she was saddened by the comments.
"The Conservatives are either ignorant of the facts or either wilfully misrepresenting them. A lot of what they are saying is just incorrect."
She said no-one was given preferential treatment.
Cabinet member with responsibility for housing, Clr Andrew Cooper, hit out at their stance.
"A very small number of people who are re-housed in Kirklees council properties are former asylum seekers. The Conservatives know this, they have seen the figures, but they choose to ignore them for political purposes."
Alan Brooke, founder of Kirklees Refugees and Friends Together (KRAFT) also tore into their remarks.
"They are not providing a solution, they are contributing to the problem."
He continued: "They have said, more or less, they believe most asylum seekers are bogus."
Kirklees dealt with less than 200 bed spaces for refugees at any one time, he said.