EU border agency Frontex disclosed new statistics showing the effectiveness of Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini’s immigration policies.
Salvini has reduced illegal immigration drastically since assuming office on June 1, 2018. According to Il Giornale, Mediterranean migrant route numbers plummeted drastically from 118,962 in 2017 to 23,276 in 2018. This 80 percent decline transpired following the establishment of the populist coalition government of Salvini’s Lega party and the Five Star Movement.
The 2018 illegal immigrant numbers in Italy are the lowest since 2012. However, it seems that these migrant patterns are shifting towards Italy’s Mediterranean counterpart in Spain. Since Spain’s socialist government took control in 2018, the country has witnessed a 157 percent increase in the number of migrants taking sea routes.
Because of this increased migration, Spain may be on the verge of experiencing its own populist moment, as right-wing parties are projected to make a big splash in the 2019 European elections.
Roberto Calderoli, the Vice-President of the Italian Senate and a member of Salvini’s Lega, praised Salvini’s efforts.
Calderoli chimed in on Frontex’s latest report:
“This confirms that the Italian policy, implemented by Minister Salvini and the Government of change, works and produces concrete results, even in terms of lives saved, because Frontex confirms that the departures from Libya fell by 87 percent.”
Frontex’s numbers don’t lie, which Calderoli acknowledged:
“These are irrefutable numbers, which contradict what the left has done in the last five years, when it was, unfortunately, in government, and had brought in over 600 thousand immigrants.”
Leaders like Salvini and Calderoli knew what was at stake with the EU’s continuance of open borders and how it was negatively impacting Italy:
“We saw that the invasion could be stopped and Salvini did it.”
Frontex’s numbers are line with the Italian Interior Ministry’s reports indicating that illegal migration levels have fallen by 95 percent as of January 2019 when compared to January 2018.
Salvini’s policies have struck a positive chord with Italian voters, with projections of Lega winning the most seats in Italy in the upcoming European Parliament elections.
Despite all the doomsday prophecies from the globalist political establishment, Populism continues to be on the rise throughout Europe.
Rival Candidate Spreads Fake News Attacks Against Anti-Lockdown Hero Shelley Luther
Shelley Luther, the candidate for Texas’ Senate District 30, is beginning to face heat from her rivals in the Senate seat’s special election.
One of her opponents, Drew Springer, the State Representative for Texas’s 68th District, called her out for supposed hypocrisy on the Wuhan virus lockdowns.
On Facebook he commented, “Shelley Luther sang a different tune about forced COVID-19 shutdowns before she realized she could use it for her political benefit.
While she thought her record could be deleted from Facebook, there was only so long she could hide. #ShutdownShelley”
Springer referred to a comment Luther made on March 16 where she said “Just my opinion. If some major cities are closing down building where large gatherings occur, then EVERY city should. The problem will not fix if some people are out and about.”
However, several users commenting on Springer’s Facebook post were quick to point out some nuances in Luther’s comments.
The main gist of their comments was that Luther said that it didn’t make any sense for a few venues to remain open and others not be closed. In essence, she was calling for policy consistency, not for selective enforcement of lockdowns.
Luther made a name for herself earlier this year when she resisted the city of Dallas’ shutdown order and continued operating her business in defiance of this ordinance.
She would later face jail time for her refusal to comply but would later be pardoned by Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
Luther has received endorsements from organizations such as Texas Gun Rights PAC for her staunch liberty activism and commitment to American principles such as the Second Amendment.
The Dallas salon owner is one of the more high-profile state level candidates running for office and has become a national figure of resistance against the Wuhan virus lockdowns.
A Luther victory would represent a major win for Texas conservatives who have been disappointed with the legislative body’s performance over the years.
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