Far-left, wealthy Hollywood actor Richard Gere, taking a break from his holiday vacation in Tuscany, visited a George Soros-funded NGO illegal alien trafficker boat loaded with (mainly Muslim) migrant wannabes from Africa that has been banned from docking in the Italian port of Lampedusa. With all Gere’s money, he could easily afford to send them to one of his many homes around the world…and support them for the rest of their freeloader-wannabe lives.
Bloomberg (h/t Mano) Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini suggested Richard Gere fly 160 illegal migrants stranded off the Italian coast back to Hollywood on his “private jet” after the actor made a plea to European leaders to find a port for the ship.
Gere joined representatives from the George Soros-funded, non-governmental organization NGO Open Arms at a press conference on the Italian island of Lampedusa, to appeal to take in the ship. Salvini has refused to allow the vessel into Italian waters, the latest episode highlighting Europe’s divisions over immigration.
“As the generous millionaire airs his demands about the fate of the Open Arms immigrants, we thank him: he will be able to bring everyone in his private jet to Hollywood and keep them in his villas,” Salvini said in a statement after Gere’s press conference.
Salvini has made a flagship policy of refusing to allow the migrant vessels, coming mostly from nearby North Africa, to enter Italian waters. Now in the first steps of a months-long electoral campaign, Salvini is likely to double down on the anti-immigrant rhetoric that’s made him Italy’s most popular politician for now.
The migrants were rescued in international waters and have a right to safe harbor and to apply for asylum in Europe, Oscar Camps, founder of the Open Arms movement, said at the news conference. The vessel is floating in international waters near the island, which is located about half-way between Tunisia and the southern Italian coast.
Gere, 69, vacationing in Tuscany with his 36 year old wife and baby son, went aboard the Open Arms vessel on Friday to deliver food and water, sat nearby and also called on European leaders to find a solution. The star of “American Gigolo” and “Pretty Woman” has a long history of far- left social activism.
“The most important thing,” Gere said aboard the vessel, is for the rescued migrants “to be able to get to a free port, to be able to get off the boats and get on land and start a new life.” (Which you could easily provide, but never will)
Salvini has dubbed the request to disembark a “provocation” that disregards the lives of the Italian population and called on Spain, the country where the boat is registered, to take them in. Spanish authorities have refused, insisting it must disembark at the nearest port.
The Italian interior minister has also threatened to seize the ship, using newly acquired powers granted him by parliament just days before he pulled the plug on the shaky coalition with a populist ally and sought to force new elections.