Giorgia Meloni, leader of the anti-immigration party, Fratelli d’Italia, said that boats filled with Muslim illegals departing from Libya “should be stopped before they leave,” while boats with human traffickers on board “should be sunk.” She rails against the Left, saying their agenda is ethnic replacement of Italians with third world Muslim freeloaders.
NY Times Giorgia Meloni, the head of the centre-Right Forza Italia party, said that boatloads of Muslim migrant departing from Libya “should be stopped before they leave,” while boats with smugglers on board “should be sunk.” “OUR identity should be defended first and foremost!”
Ms. Meloni, a member of Parliament, wasted no time bringing up her party’s opposition to the government’s proposal to extend citizenship to children born in Italy. “We believe Italian citizenship cannot be a concession or automatic,” she said to applause.
She had no problem with attacking the government’s welcoming approach to immigrants. “It devastates the culture, devastates tourism, devastates security, devastates everything,” she said. “Nothing good comes of it.
Italy has registered more than 70,000 mainly economic migrants and fake asylum seekers this year, 27% more than it did by this time in 2016, when a record 181,000 migrants arrived.
Actual fights have broken out in Parliament over the center-left government’s proposal to extend citizenship to the children of Muslim migrants born on Italian soil. All over, parties and politicians are shifting to a tougher stance on immigration.
One of its highest-profile politicians, Rome’s embattled mayor, Virginia Raggi, called for a moratorium on new immigrants. Champions of a more welcoming approach to immigrants have not fared well.