Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini is working to put a full stop to migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea to reach Italy.
“My aim is not to have even one boat come here,” Salvini said during a press conference with Ahmed Maiteeq, Vice President of the Presidential Council of Libya. “The goal is for people who have the right to come to Italy, to come here by plane, preferably in first class.”
“I have always said I am in favor of humanitarian corridors and will continue to be so. I want a regulated, safe and sound immigration process for those who have a right to come to Italy.”
“Pregnant women, children and refugees will remain in Italy,” he added. “Protection is reserved for humanitarian cases.”
During his campaign, Salvini vowed to deport 500,000 illegal migrants from Italy, and has announced that resources are being allocated to facilitate mass deportations.
“Before receiving a single asylum-seeker in Italy from another country, we want concrete, precise commitments, deadlines, costs, means on how the European Union will protect our external borders,” he said.
Additionally, Salvini and Maiteeq jointly called for the U.N. to lift an arms embargo on Libya to enhance the embattled African nation’s ability to combat human and weapons traffickers.
“People smugglers and arms smugglers obviously ignore it and arm themselves as they wish, while the only ones who are blocked are the legitimate authorities,” Salvini asserted.
“We do not accept that people say Libya is not helping with immigration but at the same time keep in place an embargo that is hindering us,” Maiteeg added.
Salvini has wasted no time forming international alliances in order to further his goals of battling illegal immigration and related issues, recently announcing his plans to form a European coalition of pro-border security parties and leaders.
“Now we will have to unite Europe... I am thinking about a ‘League of the Leagues of Europe,’ bringing together all the free and sovereign movements that want to defend their people and their borders.” Salvini told a crow of 50,000 near Milan. “I will tour capital cities, and not just European ones, to create an alternative to this Europe founded on exploitation... and mass immigration.”
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