The Gatestone Institute reported that Italy’s new government plan to reverse former Interior Minister Matteo Salvini’s tough approach on illegal immigration has appeared to create a new wave of mass migration from northern Africa.
Once the new government came into office on September 5, more than 1,400 migrants arrived on Italian shores according to data from the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
The number of migrants arriving in Italy has gradually increased during the last few weeks. 59 migrants arrived on September 6, 67 arrived on September 9, 121 arrived on September 14, 259 arrived on September 15, 275 arrived on September 18, and 475 arrived between September 19 and September 25, based on IOM findings. In total, the number of migrants arriving in September 2019 has increased by more than 100% when compared to last year’s total in September 2018.
Many of these new arrivals were able to get to Italy through newly-formed people-smuggling routes that start out in Turkey. In the past few weeks, at least five migrant boats have docked in southern Italian city of Calabria. On September 21, 58 male Pakistani migrants landed in the Calabrian port of Crotone.
Criminal organizations are also taking advantage of new routes in the Southern Mediterranean to transport people from sub-Saharan Africa to Italy. These criminal groups have used small boats to carry migrants from Libya to Tunisia, where they can then cross to Lampedusa, the southernmost island in Italy, due to it being shorter and less risky. On September 20, 92 migrants from sub-Saharan Africa — Gambia, Ivory Coast, Mali and Senegal — came to Lampedusa.
In the meantime, Italy’s new government is taking a more relaxed approach regarding migrant rescue ships that are being operated by European charities. These charities have been accused of working with criminal organizations to traffic migrants off the coast of Libya and transport them to Italian ports.
Salvini’s government previously banned migrant rescue ships from docking at Italian ports. However, the new government’s more lenient policy is now encouraging European non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to bring more migrants in. On September 23, the Spanish NGO Open Arms announced its renewed efforts to rescue migrants and transport them aboard a vessel called Astral.
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte reiterated that the immigration question”must no longer fuel anti-European propaganda.” He added that the government’s more relaxed migratory measures are based on “the formula of a new humanism.” Conte’s newly appointed interior minister, Luciana Lamorgese, is a career bureaucrat with moderate views on immigration.
Salvini criticized the new government and described it as one “produced by Paris and Berlin, born out of a fear of giving up power, without dignity and without ideals, with the wrong people in the wrong place.”
The loss of Salvini as interior minister will be devastating for Italy. BLP reported on his efforts to drastically reduce illegal immigration to Italy as interior minister, thus making him one of the most popular figures in all of Europe.
For that reason, EU elites have worked hard to derail Salvini and get him out of power.
Democrats Introduce Expanded Background Check Legislation
Democrats are going to implement a background check which targets “extremism.”
Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy and California Congressman Mike Thompson brought forward legislation on March 2, 2021 that aims to broaden the federal background check system on firearms sales, according to a report by The Hill.
Under The Background Check Expansion Act, gun sales and purchases between all unlicensed sellers and buyers would be subject to a mandatory background check. The background checks would not be applicable for law enforcement officers, lending out firearms for the purpose of hunting, temporary transfers for self-defense, or family members gifting a firearm.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and 43 Senate Democrats have co-sponsored this bill. Thompson, who is the chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, reintroduced this legislation in the U.S. House
“For years, the bipartisan House-passed background checks bill languished in the Senate under Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. Now, with Senate Democrats in the Majority, we have the opportunity to act on this overwhelmingly popular, lifesaving legislation to protect American communities,” Schumer declared in a press release.
According to a CBS News report, President Joe Biden has repeatedly called on Congress to pass stiffer gun control laws. This gun control bill will not pass so easily given how it will need 10 Republican senators to vote in favor of it.
Against the backdrop of the January 6 storming of the Capitol, such a background check will likely feature provisions that target so-called “extremists.” The ruling class has routinely lumped average gun owners with domestic extremists and will most certainly use recent events to justify encroachments on people’s right to bear arms.
Biden is a veteran of the gun control movement, as evidenced by his sponsorship of the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 and the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban. With Democrats in control of all branches of the federal government, they will certainly move to pass gun control. However, their success is not guaranteed due to moderate Democrats like Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema and West Virginia Joe Manchin not being completely receptive to radical gun control that could alienate them from their more right-wing constituents.
Nevertheless, the Left has shown that it’s willing to act regardless of the political context. Keeping this in mind, gun owners must be ready to beat back any kind of gun control coming from D.C. Such fights will allow the Right to rebuild its forces and make a splash in the 2022 midterms and the 2024 presidential race.
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