The Guardian reports that Italy’s government is planning to fine NGO rescue boats for each immigrant they allow on Italian soil.
The government’s plan consists of a decree that fines boats €5,500 for each migrant they allow to disembark on Italian soil.
Unsurprisingly, NGOs criticized Salvini’s proposal describing it as a “declaration of war against the NGOs who are saving lives at sea.”
This new decree bolsters the powers of the Italian Ministry of the Interior over the question of immigration. Additionally, it aims to end NGO rescues. In the case of Médecins Sans Frontières, they would have had to pay €440m for rescuing 80,000 people if the decree was in effect during the last three years.
Claudia Lodesani, the president of MSF Italy, declared that “The new decree is threatening legal principles and the duty of saving lives.” Lodesani added, “It is like fining ambulances for carrying patients to the hospital.”
Salvini has consistently stated that Italian waters are closed off to NGO rescue vessels. Unlike most European leaders, Salvini has taken a hardline approach to mass migration.
BLP recently reported on Salvini’s successful efforts to bulldoze a refugee camp and deport 1,500 illegal immigrants a few a months ago.
Seeing some of the negative effects of mass migration in countries like the United Kingdom and France has motivated several populist leaders like Salvini to lead the charge against the EU’s mass migration agenda.
Salvini’s party, La Lega, is expected to make serious gains in the European Parliament later this month.
BREAKING: Roger Stone is a Free Man, President Trump Commutes Sentence
The story is developing.
On July 10, 2020, commentator John Cardillo reported that conservative operative Roger Stone received a commutation of his prison sentence from President Donald Trump.
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) July 10, 2020
Over the past few days, President Trump has considered commuting Roger Stone’s sentence a few days prior to his report to prison.
Stone is expected to report to a federal prison in Jesup, Georgia by July 14 where he will serve out a three year and four month prison sentence for allegedly lying under oath to U.S. elected officials during the politically contrived Russian interference investigation.
Trump has had a relationship with the Republican political operative for decades.
For some time, Trump has discussed the potential of commuting Stone’s sentence.
When asked by reporters earlier on July 10 about reports of his plan to pardon Stone, Trump remarked, “I’ll be looking at it. I think Roger Stone was very unfairly treated, as were many people.”
Reuters reported that back in November 2019, a “Washington jury convicted Stone on all seven criminal counts of obstruction of a congressional investigation, five counts of making false statements to Congress and tampering with a witness.”
The same report added that “Stone was convicted for lying to the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee about his attempts to contact WikiLeaks, the website that released damaging emails about Trump’s 2016 Democratic election rival Hillary Clinton that U.S. intelligence officials have concluded were stolen by Russian hackers.”
Stone’s commutation, while not a full-blown pardon that erases his conviction, is a solid victory for the Rule of Law.
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