'The Free Ride Is Over': Italy's New Interior Minister Tells Migrants 'It's Time to Pack Your Bags'

Chris Menahan
Jun. 04, 2018

You have to go back.

From AP:
Italy’s new populist leaders commemorated the founding of the Italian republic by attending a pomp-filled military parade Saturday — and then promised to get to work creating jobs and expelling migrants.

“The free ride is over,” League leader Matteo Salvini, Italy’s new interior minister, warned migrants at a rally in northern Italy. “It’s time to pack your bags.”

The pledge of mass deportations to come was a reminder that Italy has a staunchly anti-immigrant, right-wing party in its governing coalition — and that the European Union will face a whole new partner governing its fourth-largest economy.

Earlier, Salvini joined Premier Giuseppe Conte and the rest of the newly sworn-in Cabinet to view the Republic Day parade. Italy’s aeronautic acrobatic squad flew low and loud over downtown Rome trailing smoke in the red, white and green of the Italian flag.
More from France 24:
Salvini had said after being sworn in that he would ask his ministry's experts "how to reduce the number of arriving migrants and increase the number of expulsions".

"The good times for illegals is over -- get ready to pack your bags," he said Saturday at a rally in Italy's north.

"Countries need to start doing their job and no more smugglers should be docking in Italian ports," he said in a swipe at the NGOs organising rescues at sea, which he has regularly accused of complicity with people traffickers.

Salvini's fellow deputy prime minister, leader of the anti-establishment Five Star movement Luigi Di Maio, has also called rescue NGOs "taxis on the sea" although his rhetoric on immigration is more measured that that of the League.

To speed up deportations -- of which there were just 6,500 in 2017 -- Salvini will have to increase the number of detention centres and sign agreements with origin countries, many of which are not eager to re-receive their citizens.
The money leftists used to bring these invaders here will be used to deport them instead.
In a bid to find funds, Salvini is eying the billions of euros set aside every year to deal with the demands of the asylum seekers.

In 2017, the former government announced a budget of some 4.2 billion euros for migrants, of which 18 percent is for rescues at sea, 13 percent for health care, and 65 percent for migrant reception centres, which host some 170,000 people.
On Sunday, Salvini borrowed a line from Trump, saying Tunisia -- in so many words -- "is not sending their best."

From AP:
The Tunisian Foreign Ministry has summoned the Italian ambassador to protest comments by Italy's new anti-immigration interior minister that the north African country doesn't send its gentleman overseas, but "convicts."

In a statement Monday, the Foreign Ministry expressed its "great surprise" at Matteo Salvini's comment about migration between Tunisia and Europe.

The ministry said the remark showed a "lack of understanding of diverse mechanisms of coordination between the Tunisian and Italian services dealing with this phenomenon."

During a local campaign stop in Sicily on Sunday, Salvini said Tunisia was a free and democratic country that isn't experiencing "wars, epidemics, famines or pestilence." And yet, he continued, Tunisia "isn't exporting gentlemen, it seems more often they're exporting convicts."

Salvini, who has vowed mass expulsions of migrants who don't qualify for asylum, said Monday he'd be happy to discuss the issue soon with his Tunisian counterpart.
On Monday, Salvini said he will stop Italy from being transformed into a "refugee camp."

From Reuters:
Italy will no longer be “Europe’s refugee camp”, newly installed interior minister Matteo Salvini said on Monday as he promised tough action to reduce migrant arrivals and send back those who have already come.

[...]Salvini kept up the pressure on Monday, saying in a radio interview that Italy “can’t be transformed into a refugee camp,” and vowing to lobby Italy’s partners to obtain more EU assistance to handle the problem.

“It’s clear and obvious that Italy has been abandoned, now we have to see facts,” Salvini said, when asked about comments from German chancellor Angela Merkel that Europe needs a new approach on immigration.

Salvini, who wants to open a migrant detention and deportation center in every Italian region, later tweeted: “either Europe gives us a hand in making our country secure, or we will choose other methods”.
This is a massive win. If other countries start seeing boats full of these criminal migrants going the other way they're going to realize there's no reason they can't do it too.

While we may not support all of Trump's 180's on foreign policy (which are likely due to deep state pressure), Hillary Clinton would have been pushing for the US to invade Italy in response to this new government.

We're finally witnessing a turning of the tide.

Viva l'Italia!

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