Berlusconi pledges to deport 600,000 illegal immigrants from Italy

Guardian:  Silvio Berlusconi has pledged to deport 600,000 illegal immigrants from Italy should his centre-right coalition enter government after elections on 4 March, as tensions simmer over the shooting of six Africans by a far-right extremist on Saturday.

The 81-year-old rightwing former prime minister said in a TV interview that immigration was a “social bomb ready to explode in Italy” and that the shooting in Macerata posed a security problem.

“Immigration has become an urgent question, because after years with a leftwing government, there are 600,000 migrants who don’t have the right to stay,” said Berlusconi. “We consider it to be an absolute priority to regain control over the situation.”

The three-time former prime minister is banned from running for office after being convicted of tax fraud, but could still end up pulling the strings of power should the coalition gain enough of a majority to govern.  more

12 Comments on Berlusconi pledges to deport 600,000 illegal immigrants from Italy

  1. Buona fortuna Silvio. (Good luck).

    The situation in Italy has been dire for decades and has only gotten worse.
    I would love to return for a vacation someday. It won’t happen unless this gets cleaned up.

  2. PHenry, I say the same thing every time I read one of these stories. I don’t know if I will ever get a chance to go back to Greece. My other stops would be Italy and France and Israel and Egypt, but… Well, there you go.

  3. I remember the large Somalian population when I lived there in the early 80s. I asked one of them a question and his reply? “Don’t phuck with me mon. I gotta razor in my shoe.”

  4. @Czar God bless Slovakia – land where my grandparents were born. I’m loving the Eastern European countries that are standing up to the EU and saying “we will not destroy our cultures.”

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