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Former Interior Minister Matteo Salvini Criticizes Italy’s New Mass Migration Policies

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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.

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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.

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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.

The former interior minister was well aware of the damage that mass migration has done to countries like France and Germany and sought to keep Italy from suffering a similar fate.

For that reason, EU elites have worked hard to derail Salvini and get him out of power.

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Black Rifle Coffee Does Not Support Second Amendment Hero Kyle Rittenhouse

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Black Rifle Coffee, a coffee company based in Salt Lake City, is not defending 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse.

The company said that it was against a tweet that Blaze Media reporter, Elijah Schaeffer,  posted that featured Rittenhouse wearing a Black Rifle Coffee Company shirt captioned “Kyle Rittenhouse drinks the best coffee in America.” Rittenhouse was released on November 20, 2020 after supporters were able to raise $2 million for his bail. 

In the tweet, Schaeffer posted a discount code for the coffee. Sara Tabin of The Salt Lake Tribune noted that online Twitter users “questioned whether the coffee company had a sponsorship deal with Rittenhouse and accused it of supporting murder and hate.”

This prompted Black Rifle Coffee, the sponsor of the Slightly Offens*ve podcast, to release a statement on November 21 declaring that it is not sponsoring or supporting Rittenhouse.

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Initially, there was a misunderstanding about the company withdrawing its sponsorship of Slightly Offens*ve. However, a spokesperson for the company told the Salt Lake Tribune on November 21 that “We are not fluctuating our ad spend.” The coffee spokesperson added “We did have a conversation with Schaffer, and he understands that the post was a mistake.”

She stressed, “We don’t traffic in national tragedy and to us, that’s what this is. We are not legal experts or members of law enforcement. We fully support all law enforcement officials and believe in the integrity of the legal system.”

The spokesperson reiterated that the company will maintain its sponsorship of Blaze Media. She explained: “Our concern is that use of the discount code in the post did not reflect our values. That’s a concern we’ve addressed with the journalist and that he understands.”

Blaze employees “make decisions about how to allocate ad dollars within the Blaze,” she remarked. Although the spokesperson did not go into further detail about the company’s status as a podcast sponsor, it noted that the coffee company and the Blaze are in talks about “how to move forward with the allocation of ad dollars.”

Black Rifle Coffee positions itself as a pro-Second Amendment, conservative company that was founded by veterans. Black Rifle Coffee co-founder Evan Hafer released a statement on November 21 declaring that “We do not support legal advocacy efforts. We do not sponsor nor do we have a relationship with the 17-year-old facing charges in Kenosha, WI.”

At the moment, Rittenhouse is facing two counts of first-degree murder for shooting and killing Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber during a Black Lives Matter riot back in August. In addition, he’s being charged with one count of being a minor in possession of a firearm. During the riots, Rittenhouse was attacked by Rosenbaum. Rittenhouse was carrying an AR-style rifle as he was walking down the street to protect private property from looters.

It is disappointing to see supposedly pro-Second Amendment businesses fold to the mob. Although the Left is very effective at mass politics and causing certain businesses to get cancelled, some businesses will have to take a stand. Submission to these radicals only encourages them to become bolder in their attacks. 

Can Americans actually grow a spine for once?

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