Senator Matteo Salvini, the leader of the populist League party in Italy, has slammed Italy’s leftist-establishment government’s plans to grant amnesty to some 600,000 illegal migrants.
Voice of Europe (h/t Thereza B) According to a report from the Milan-based newspaper Il Giornale, the plan – put forward by Italian Agriculture Minister Teresa Bellanova (below) – would allow the government to issue six-month, renewable residency and work permit to the 600,000 illegal Muslim migrants.
I have a feeling that Bellanova has never cried for unemployed Italians right?
Her tears remind me about a press conference in 2015, when the Minister of Migration (Green Party) started crying when she said the Sweden has to close its border for asylum seekers (no more capacity) pic.twitter.com/YqRlfi6ikL
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Responding to the plan, Salvini took to Twitter, writing: “The government has announced an amnesty for illegal migrants at a time when the number of arrivals has increased by 350 percent. 136 people made landfall on Lampedusa only this evening. Italy as a migrant camp? No, thanks.”
Aside from the 181 migrants that were allowed to disembark from the cruise ship ‘Raffaele Rubattino’ on Monday in Palermo, 200 more migrants arrived on the island of Lampedusa this week. According to a report from La Repubblica, the newest group of 200 migrants joins another group of 100 or so migrants that have been living on the Favaloro pier for the past two days. A few kilometers off the coast of Lampedusa another 118 migrants are in quarantine.
Lampedusa Mayor Salvatore Martello has called on Italy’s defense and interior ministers, as well as the President of the Region, to take immediate action to remedy the situation.
“The landings continue, and in this case, moreover, there is a dangerous rejection of responsibility: in fact, no military means so far is willing to accompany the migrants from the dock to the Favaloro pier from where they must be transferred from since the hotspot is already full and cannot accommodate other migrants for the necessary medical quarantine.”
“As mayor I have no direct intervention power. What should we do? I asked to tow the boat to the pier but it is not possible to go on like this. We are in full coronavirus emergency, the citizens of the island have the right to have their health protected and I also understand that the same needs apply to the men of law enforcement. But this situation is unacceptable. The institutions that have a duty to intervene they cannot unload the weight of the reception entirely on our shoulders.”