The former Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini recently paid a surprise visit to the asylum “hot spot” on the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa to show the realities of a country that does not control its borders.
While Italy remains in a “Covid pandemic crisis”, migrant boats carrying passengers, many infected with the virus, are invading the ports of Lampedusa hourly. In just a few hours there were 16 landings, with hundreds of migrants, mainly military-age men. The illegals are mostly Senegalese, Palestinians and Egyptians, and would have departed from various ports on the Tunisian coast.
The leader of the Lega party went to a facility capable of housing 350 illegals but was occupied by more than 1300 who had arrived en masse in recent days. Salvini, for whom the issue of combating illegal immigration has been central to his electoral campaign. The leader filmed from inside the reception and broadcast a live video on Facebook. He explained:
We have come to the Lampedusa reception center without notice. Because last time they had cleaned it up before our arrival. This is the situation that citizens, police officers, and customs officers live with every day.
With a lack of mainstream media reporting, we are going to document this dreadful situation ourselves. This is not reception. This is chaos, this is human trafficking, this is exploitation, this is a billion-euro business.
You can see children lying on the ground, and it is 40°C. The reception center has a maximum capacity of 350 people. There are more than 1,300 people, four times as many.
Controlling our borders and monitoring the arrivals means saving lives and protecting Italians.
Let’s take a walk together. Theoretically, we are supposed to be in a Covid pandemic situation. A time made up of limitations, monitoring, and restrictions. I wonder if these images are worthy of a civilized country.
My commitment will be to guarantee a vetted, monitored, and qualified immigration, not like this.
Those who escape war are supposed to arrive here by plane, not by boat. But most of these people didn’t escape any war. We need limitations, rules, monitoring.
I am not going in, don’t worry. Just to give you the idea.You viewers can’t smell anything, of course. A civil country is supposed to accommodate those who are entitled to enter, differently.
Like that girl, that looks the same age as my daughter.It is shameful. That little girl could be anyone’s child. And she shouldn’t be lying on the ground,but should be sheltered and guaranteed a future in this country.
All those men who have entered illegally —since most of them will be declared illegals — shouldn’t be here. Those who are entitled to migrate may enter. They will be accommodated in a dignified manner. Not like that, look at that. Look at that hillock. Tell me whether you think it’s normal.Tell me if you think it’s normal.
Residents in Lampedusa have often expressed their fears and are exasperated, “We are afraid” declared a community member. “It is like this every day, the risk of contracting Covid-19” is once again a threat because of the arrival of the illegal migrants. Despite the community’s cries for help, the government continued to allow their shores to be invaded by criminals while only imposing stricter lockdown measures on citizens of Italy.
Meanwhile, Italy served as the launch-pad for tyrannical coronavirus mandates. The coronavirus crisis has offered Italy’s leaders a convenient pretext to silence critics and consolidate power. Any doctor or critic who has gotten in their way and refuses to fall in line is being cancelled.
Italy’s government has capitalized on the pandemic to seize more power and control. Instead of closing its countries’ borders, they have rewarded human traffickers, NGO’s and migrants. Their illegal behavior in the Mediterranean and across Central America goes unabated. Meanwhile, they kept citizens locked in their homes like criminals and used taxpayer money to import left-wing voters.