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.
U.S. Law Enforcement Bust 27 People Connected to Mexican Sinaloa Cartel
Over two dozen people were arrested on drug charges in connection to a Mexican cartel smuggling cocaine into the U.S. Following a two-year investigation, 27 people were arrested through Operation Tripwire, an investigation effort U.S. officials have been working on featuring members of the Sinaloa Cartel.
The trafficking network went from Los Angeles, California to Tucson, Arizona and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where cocaine originating from Mexico was smuggled stateside. The United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Scott Brady declared “this is a large organization that was trafficking hundreds of kilograms of cocaine throughout the country and has direct ties to the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico.”
U.S. authorities recounted that the investigations started after an agent in Pittsburgh was able to identify an address that received large quantities of suspicious-looking packages coming from California. Since then, agents started to do investigation on other members of the network across the U.S.
Across the span of seven months, authorities were able to intercept U.S. calls made by some of the alleged traffickers with Sinaloa carte leaders in Mexico. On September 9, 2020, 27 were arrested in Arizona, California, and Pennsylvania.
According to American authorities, $1.3 million in cash and over 140 kilograms of cocaine were seized. The aforementioned people arrested are now facing a prison sentence of between 10 years and life in prison.
The border situation is no joke. Prior administrations have largely neglected the issue and have allowed for unprecedented levels of illegal immigration and drug trafficking to cross the U.S. border.
In a prior instance, BLP reported on how Mexico is a failed state that cannot maintain public order and is largely being pushed around by cartels. Due to its proximity to the U.S., Mexico’s problems will likely spillover stateside.
This is why border security is crucial. Thankfully, the U.S. has a president in Donald Trump that gets the memo. He’ll still need help from Congress, however,
That’s why it’s crucial that America First Republicans have strong showings at all branches of government in 2020.
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