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Italy’s leftist government grants 600,000 illegal migrants amnesty

By ARTHUR LYONS

Italy’s leftist-establishment government earlier this week moved ahead with plans to grant amnesty to 600,000 illegal migrants living in the country, despite widespread opposition.

As Teresa Bellanova, Italy’s pro-mass migration Agriculture Minister, signed the bill which granted six-month residency permits to illegal migrants working in the agricultural and domestic sectors into law on Wednesday, she cried tears of joy, Il Giornale reports.

The new decree has faced considerable criticism from inside and outside of Italy’s ruling coalition. The Five Star Movement, which rules alongside the Left-wing establishment Democratic Party (PD), had initially lobbied for one month residency permits to be granted to the migrant laborers, but failed to impress their will upon the seemingly more powerful PD.

Outside of the ruling coalition, Right-wing populists like Matteo Salvini of the League Party and Giorgia Meloni of Brothers of Italy (FdI) argued that the Agriculture Minister’s tears were entirely misplaced.

Responding to Bellnova’s antics, Salvini said: “Minister Bellanova’s tears for the poor immigrants, with no reference to the millions of unemployed Italians, do not move anyone.”

“Instead of securing jobs for the millions of unemployed Italians and the many regular and respectable immigrants present in Italy, the government thinks of an amnesty for thousands of illegal immigrants,” the former interior minister also said.

Giorgia Meloni also took the opportunity to blast the minister’s stunt, saying: “Hundreds, perhaps thousands of Italians have cried, perhaps at night, secretly from their children, crushed by desperation for losing everything, or for fear of losing everything. help that never came.”

Senator Stefano Candiani of Salvini’s League party has vowed to oppose the decree in every way possible.

“We will do everything democratically in our possession to stop this wicked project, we will collect signatures, if necessary, to promote a referendum and force them to the polls, where the Italians will punish them severely.”

The new decree is expected to affect between 500,000 and 600,000 illegal migrants in the country.
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Italy: 400 North African migrants land illegally in Sicily

Roughly 400 North African migrants illegally disembarked on Sunday afternoon on the beach of Palma di Montechiar in Sicily. A mass landing of this size hasn’t occurred in Italy for years.

After being dropped off a few meters from the beach by the mother ship, the migrants dispersed into small groups and attempted to blend in with the normal population. Some were seen walking along the highway while others ran to the countryside area, La Stampa reports.

Police, carabinieri, and a military helicopter managed to track down and arrest about sixty of the migrants.

A few hours earlier, a group of 52 migrants from sub-Saharan African disembarked illegally on the island of Linosa, the smallest of the Pelagie islands. According to reports, all were detained by the carabinieri. They’re expected to be transferred to Lampedusa in the coming days.

On Saturday, two boats carrying a total of 46 Tunisian migrants were escorted to Lampedusa by coast guard patrol boats. All were disembarked at the Favaloro pier.

The same day, the Gurdia di Finanza – a militarized police force which operates under the authority of the Minister of Economy and Finance – intercepted three small boats carrying a total of 27 off the coast of Trapani, a city in western Sicily.

Between January 1st and May 22nd of this year, 4,445 migrant landings have taken place in Italy, compared to 1,361 in the same period of 2019. That’s more than a 300 percent increase in a single year.
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Mass amnesty for illegal migrants in Italy has been a failure, interior ministry data shows

Italy's amnesty offering to the country's estimated 600,000 illegal migrants in order to bolster the agricultural sector has been a major failure, according to data from the Italian Ministry of the Interior.

For days, the public waited for the first official Interior Ministry data to be published. As there was no press conference or a statement, for several hours, the eyes were turned to the website of the Interior Ministry, where the listed numbers showed the first snapshot of the progress made in the regularization of undocumented foreign workers, which started two weeks ago.

Matteo Salvini, the leader of the anti-immigration League party, had earlier opposed the plan that would grant migrants work and residency permits for a minimum of six months with the ability to renew the permits indefinitely.

From June 1 until 1 p.m. on Monday, 32,000 applications for work permits were submitted in total. Out of this number, 23,950 had been already completed and 7,762 were in progress, Il Giornale reported.

However, a closer look at the data reveals that most of the applications do not concern the agricultural sector as the government expected when approving the decree.

"Domestic work and personal assistance represent 91 percent of the applications already completed (21,695), with 76 percent of them in progress (5,906)," states the data of the interior ministry. Furthermore, such numbers are not even coming close to the number expected by the government, as it presumed that about 220,000 migrants would complete applications.

It is a clear sign that mainly foreign workers employed in house service and personal care will benefit from the amnesty, but laborers working in the agricultural sector represent only a small portion of applicants. Italy's left-wing government first argued that 80,000 migrants would be needed to work on farms in justifying the mass amnesty.

"In the distribution of applications by regions, Lombardy is in first place in terms of submitted applications for domestic work and personal assistance and Campania for the agriculture," reads the report.

The data regarding the distribution of applications by country of origin of the worker are also interesting as Morocco, Egypt, and Bangladesh are at the top for domestic work and personal assistance. India, Albania, and Morocco are then on the top of the list for agriculture.

"Out of 23,950 employers who have completed the application for regularization, 17,294 are Italian (72% of the total)," reports the final part of the document.

The next update of the document is expected to be published in two weeks.

The amnesty measure was approved as the result of the coronavirus pandemic making workers leave the Italian countryside due to the national emergency as the vast majority of workers, mostly from Eastern Europe, preferred to return to their homeland to spend this time with their family.

But, so far, the data show that the urgency in which Italian Agriculture Minister Teresa Bellanova insisted on introducing the measure was unfounded. She originally threatened to resign from her position if migrants were not given amnesty and cried tears of joy when the measure was passed. She also argued that the law was needed in order to supply Italy's farm sector with legal migrant workers due to the coronavirus crisis.

"At the national level, numbers in agriculture are really low, we are talking about a hundred of applications in the whole Italy," Romano Magrini pointed out on June 4.

Up until now, the low number of applicants, especially for agricultural work, are adding ammunition to critics of the amnesty plan. As a result, even some members of the Democratic Party, led by Laura Boldrini, have announced their intention to present some amendments to the regularization of foreign workers when discussing the law in the Chamber of Deputies.

The League party also plans to introduce amendments to the amnesty to stop the law from going into full effect.
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The captain of an Italian-flagged ship is to be tried for allegedly forcing migrants back to Libya, in the first such case in Italy, documents seen by AFP show.

The Asso 28 supply ship picked up 101 migrants near an oil and gas rig in international waters, before taking them to the port of Tripoli and handing them over to the Libyan coast guard, according to prosecutors in Naples.

The captain and a representative of the Augusta Offshore company that owns the ship are accused of violating international laws that forbid the forced return of people to countries where they or their rights are at risk.

Libya is not considered a port of safety under international law.

The rescue took place on July 30, 2018 near the Sabratha platform which is operated by Mellitah Oil & Gas, a consortium of Libya's National Oil Corporation and Italy's ENI.

Among those pulled from the unseaworthy dinghy were five minors and five pregnant women.

Despite the rescue taking place on an Italian-flagged ship which was under Rome's jurisdiction, no call was made to Italy's Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC), the documents show.

The Augusta Offshore company at the time said the rescue had been coordinated by the "Marine department of Sabratha", in conjunction with a representative of the Libyan coast guard who had boarded the Asso 28.

Eni said it had been coordinated by the Libyan coast guard.

'Get to the truth'

Investigative reporter Nello Scavo for the Avvenire newspaper, who first wrote about the case, said Italian prosecutors had found no trace of a Marine department of Sabratha, or evidence that the Libyan MRCC had been alerted.

The ship's register also showed no mention of a Libyan official on board, he said.

Prosecutors in Naples have taken into evidence audio recordings of radio contact that day between the Asso 28 and the Open Arms charity rescue ship, which had requested details on the migrants' position and condition.

Nicola Fratoianni, MP and the leader of the Italian Left party, who was on board at the time as an observer, told AFP Saturday that the Open Arms had warned the ASSO 28 that returning the migrants to Libya "was illegal".

"They (the Asso 28) first said they had had an order from their boss on the Sabratah platform, a platform ENI works on, and then they said the rescue had been coordinated by the Libyan authorities".

No attempt was made to identify the migrants, check their health, verify whether the minors were unaccompanied, or ask those rescued if they were seeking asylum, all of which violate international conventions, the prosecutors claim.

Fratoianni described it as "an explicit collective pushback on the part of a ship flying the Italian flag".

The trial was key to "getting to the truth behind too frequent episodes in the central Mediterranean," he said.

"Not just the infinite tragedies, drownings, deaths, but also the illegal pushbacks, which go against all international laws".

A trial date has yet to be set but is expected to be after the judiciary August summer break.
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They are complaining that Tripoli is a safe port... Not so sure Italian ports are all that safe, specially not for Italians...
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Thousands of African boat migrants have made the journey across from Tunisia to Lampedusa (Italy) in recent days. They come with their purse dogs, sun glasses, polished nails and so on. There is no war in Tunisia!

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Hey! When did the war in Tunisia start?

Had no idea Tunisia, one of the most prosperous African Muslim countries, had become a war torn nation from which strapping young, military-aged men with their fancy Smartphones would be fleeing by boat, while planning to declare themselves “refugees” seeking asylum when they arrive at the Italian island of Lampedusa.

https://twitter.com/i/status/1296058935577845760

And here’s more:
Tunisia barge full of African illegal immigrants directed to Lampedusa: all smiling men with gold necklaces, smartphones, shoulder bags, straw hats, Nike shoes and clothes. Di Maio and Lamorgese threw 11 million euros down the toilet.

https://twitter.com/i/status/1296053381329498120
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They come as missionaries to spread Islam to the infidel.

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Brit artist Banksy funds Med rescue boat

Since Banksy is paying for this boat it seems to me unfair on him that the Italians are benefitting from his largesse by getting to keep all the refugees. We need a crowd fund to finance the transport of these fine people to Banksy's front door and cut them each a key so they can let themselves in to his house when they get there.
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Salvini Ally Threatened with Rape After Opposing Mosque

A female colleague from populist Senator Matteo Salvini’s League has received death and rape threats, many allegedly from migrants, after opposing the construction of a temporary mosque.

Silvia Sardone, who serves in the European Parliament for the League, received a torrent of threats after coming out against a proposal to build a temporary mosque in the Via Novara area of the city of Milan.

Social media posts and messaging apps allegedly show the League MEP threatened with being set on fire, according to screenshots seen by Italian newspaper Il Giornale. Another person is said to have told the politician: “We foreigners will come into your house and rape you.”

According to Ms Sardone, many of the threats came from foreigners. She said they “highlight, once again, that there is a latent hatred towards those who dare to demand rules, controls, security on the issue of mosques”.

“It will not be these threats of rape or death that will stop me from denouncing the [Democratic Party’s] submission to certain Islamic communities and the risks to the city,” she said.

“I have already instructed my lawyer to denounce this scum. I will continue to stand by citizens who are calling for the closure of illegal mosques, having listened for years to the promises of Mayor Sala and then be disappointed,” she added.

The Democratic Party (PD) in Milan has been alleged to have close ties with the local Muslim community for years. In 2018, the Mosque of Segrate on the outskirts of the city urged local Muslims to vote for the PD.

As Breitbart London reported at the time, the mosque told believers to vote for the PD due to the party’s support for the policy of birthright citizenship or jus soli. It was not the only mosque to tell Muslims to vote for left-wing parties that year.
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What concise and cogent arguments can be made AGAINST building mosques when applications are made? For many non-Muslims still - perhaps the majority - a mosque is just a place where Muslims go to pray. Nothing more sinister than that. What are the characteristics of mosques that make them any more undesirable to have in your neighborhood than a church or synagog or Hindu temple?
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Italy's new left-wing immigration rules could bring back chaos

Drug trafficking has exploded in Rome's majestic Colle Oppio Park and yet the government focuses on putting Matteo Salvini in prison

Italy is in danger due to a new escalation in migration chaos, but the left-wing government would rather attack Matteo Salvini than deal with the issue of illegal migrant camps in the heart of the capital of Rome, League senator Simone Pillon told conservative Hungarian daily Magyar Hírlap.

Barely a week has passed since the government abolished most of former Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini's security and migration ordinances and already the number of newly arrived immigrants has skyrocketed. In 30 hours, 725 more illegal immigrants reached the shores of Sicily, the right-wing daily Il Giornale reported on Monday.

The new migration amendments, drafted by Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese and negotiated between coalition partners for months, provide an incentive for migrants on their way to Europe and the NGOs assisting them. Registration centers in Sicily have been crowded, and the government continues to treat the island like the country’s dumping ground. Most immigrants are Tunisians who left their country for economic reasons, so they are not eligible for refugee status.

They should be transported back to their homeland on board the quarantine tourist boats, suggested Stefano Caldani, the Sicilian senator for the League.

"Even the blind can see that it is organized travel, people smuggling, otherwise it would be impossible for thousands of immigrants to arrive in a matter of days," said the anti-immigration opposition party's politician.

The Colle Oppio Park in the historic center of Rome, occupied by African criminal gangs and drug traffickers, is regularly featured on the front pages of Italian newspapers. The stunningly beautiful park, a stone's throw from the Colosseum, now evokes the atmosphere of a migrant hostel. Dirty mattresses are lying in the open air, clothes are spread over bushes and statues, and beer bottles and feces can be seen next to the classic fountains.

Locals regularly report acts of violence and the boom in drug trafficking to the authorities, however, law enforcement does not seem to be able to put an end to the trade. Instead, they are focusing on punishing families going to school for neglecting to wear a mask outside.

Simone Pillon, senator of the League party and a member of the Immunity Committee of the Italian Senate, told Magyar Hírlap about the double standards prevailing in the country and the inconsistency over applying the law. Human traffickers generate billions in revenue by transporting hopeless people across the Mediterranean to the shores of Italy while trying at the same time to imprison Salvini for protecting Italy's borders during his tenure, he pointed out.

"As minister, Salvini fought for the security of Italy. Instead of supporting him, the country will take him to court, while human traffickers continue to profit from the skin of the innocent," Pillon said.

"This is nothing more than surrendering to the great powers who are lobbying for forced immigration, moving hundreds of thousands of people from Africa to Europe. In many cases, refugees are victims and international organizations are executioners," he said. "They are the ones who should be brought to justice, not the former interior minister who tried to end the illegality."
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And, on its way to England.

The 'migrant invasion continues' in Italy, warns Matteo Salvini

The migrant camp on the Italian island of Lampedusa has been again flooded with illegal immigrants after 900 landed there Monday night after 600 already landed on Sunday, League leader Matteo Salvini said.

After information came to light that the Islamic terrorist attack in Nice, France, was perpetrated by an illegal migrant from Tunisia who first landed on Lampedusa island on Sept. 20, Salvini warned that the number of terrorists and potential killers among the latest arrivals is unknown.

Almost 700 arrived at night with twelve boats, and in the morning 200 more arrived ashore with three more boats. The smallest group was 14, and the largest nearly a 100. Nine hundred people at a time have traditionally been housed at the island’s registration center for illegal migrants, where there are less than 200 spots. Barely a day ago, just over a 100 previously arrived immigrants from the camp were transferred to the Suprema quarantine ship after 600 migrants in 14 separate boats also landed in Lampedusa on Sunday.

Salvini, the leader of the opposition League party, wrote on his Facebook page that Italians get coronavirus lockdowns while migrants get "open ports".

"Shame on you!" wrote Salvini, who called on the current Minister of the Interior Luciana Lamorgese to "wake up and resign" after the terror attack on Nice last week, stressing that while everything and everyone will be locked down due to the coronavirus epidemic, the movement of migrants is the only exception to any restrictions.


"In Italy, the catastrophe of migrant invasion continues... How many terrorists and potential killers will be among the newcomers? Will the government continue to claim that the strict migration policy I represent posed a threat? Enough with the [government's] lies, ports must be closed, landings must end, and we must oblige Tunisia and the other countries of origin to adhere to strict rules," Salvini wrote.

The leader of the right-wing opposition recalled that the Nice assassin also arrived to Lampedusa on Sept. 20 was placed on a quarantine ship, but was eventually allowed to leave the country after Italian authorities lost all trace of him. On Oct. 29, he killed three people at the Notre-Dame Basilica in Nice.

According to Maurizio Gasparri, a senator from another opposition party, Forza Italia, said the armed forces should protect the Italian borders.

"The continued arrival of migrant ships could lead to further tragedies in Italy and Europe. Whoever helps the arrival of migrants puts guns in the hands of potential killers," Gasparri said.

Antonio de Lieto, secretary general of the independent police union in Lisipo, noted that the vast majority of illegal immigrants are not fugitives from war or persecution, a fact confirmed by data. He explained that the terrorist attack in Nice reflects poorly on Italy's interior minister, who has a policy of open ports.

"The closure of ports cannot be postponed any longer, uncontrolled migration is a threat to national security. The interior minister will close the ports or resign," he added.

Seventy migrants were transferred from Lampedusa to Porto Empedocle, Sicily, on board the quarantine ship Allegra on Monday. After being identified, they will be distributed among other migrant centers in Italy.

Prto Empedocle mayor, Ida Carmina, who belongs to the left-wing coalition government’s Five Star Movement (M5S), protested against the move, pointing out that the problem of migration and the coronavirus epidemic is compounded by the threat of terrorism.

"The population is worried, and we can’t become a European migrant camp," he said, adding that many migrants are fleeing the centers before they can be tested for the virus.

By Sunday night, nearly 28,000 illegal immigrants have arrived in Italy since Jan. 1, up from less than 10,000 last year.
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Invasion.

Muslims don't mind the bigoted islamophobes. They soon will be extinct. Then Europe is theirs.

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