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Interior Minister wants to dismantle Salvini’s Security Decrees

The Italian Minister of the Interior wants to extend a welcome to illegal entrants to the country: "We will change the fines for NGOs" she told a television host. And Luciana Lamorgese gave the wrong numbers on migrants during her interview with RAI2.

Published: February 10, 2020, 6:05 am

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    The Interior Minister Lamorgese did not have to face any thorny questions. Instead, Lamorgese was given free air time to demolish Matteo Salvini’s work, by giving incomplete data about the number migrants arriving in Italy, declaring that the Security Decrees should be modified, and by questioning the fines to NGOs.

    In fact, during her interview, the Minister of the Interior said that “more precisely” after Malta the relocations [of migrants, editor’s note] have been 464 since September 5, and 85 in the previous 9 months because European countries are starting to participate.

    Lamorgese was very precise with the numbers, but she forgot to cite how many immigrants have arrived since she came to the government. According to her, the fault lies with Libya’s instability and “the data on landings leading to an increase are due to the situation of instability politics in Libya”.

    But when Salvini was in government, the situation in Libya was the same. Despite that, he managed to block the landings while the current minister has doubled them.

    But even if she doesn’t remember all the numbers, she is concerned about the NGOs and explained that “we will modify [the fines, ed.] of the Security Decrees”.

    “In my opinion, it is always necessary to talk to those who have an activity that in any case overlaps with what our competences are. When they go to collect at sea they need a connection with us,” she said. And the fines are too high, host Fabio Fazio claimed, with an “excessive 300 000 euros”.

    “I think that the Security Decrees should be changed because there have been comments from the Presidency of the Republic and it will necessarily have to be taken into account,” the minister responded.

    Clearly, the interviewee and interviewer spoke the same language, with Fazio asking a series of mock questions: “All the media focus on how not to host [migrants, ed] instead of helping them. How do you help them?”

    Luciana Lamorgese had obviously been waiting for this “question”: “There must be greater participation also by European countries. It is true that it is not that Italy can welcome everyone, there must be a European policy. We now have very positive relations with other member states. Because nobody would want to leave their country if they could live in a dignified way.”

    And while the two were busy manufacturing consent, in reality, Italians are more interested in how the government intends to block illegal immigration since the numbers confirm that immigrants continue to arrive on their coasts every day.

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    • LuciusAnnaeusSeneca

      No one should be surprised by these developments. Lamorgese, touted as an “apolitical” Interior Minister, came into her position after having long danced to the tune of Brussels. Her task in the Conte-2 government has been to dismantle, bit by bit, Salvini’s reforms. However, as the Conte-2 government has become more unpopular and its situation with the voters more precarious, and especially as it has become dominated by the PD and its allies in the Italian left, Lamorgese’s efforts have accelerated, as she and those who back her in the PM’s office and the legislature may not have much time left. A general election held now would put Salvini’s coalition back in power with migration controls once again re-instituted. The likely sentiment in the government is that this is inevitable, but they also know that the Conte-2 government’s allies and handlers in Brussels will do their best to block a new government’s efforts to once again put a halt to mass migration.

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