..and the opposition goes apes#*t, instantly:
* Immigrants? NOT: they are invaders. At best, they are economic migrants.Â EuropeÂ owesÂ them nothing…
ROME:Â Italy declared a nationwide state of emergency Friday over the arrival of immigrants as Silvio Berlusconi’s right-wing government pushes forward with its crackdown on illegalÂ immigration.
Parliament said that the state of emergency, which gives police and local authorities additional powers to tackle the influx, was extended to the entire country to combat the “persistent and exceptional” arrival of illegal immigrants. It did not give furtherÂ details.
The state of emergency was earlier in effect only for the southern provinces of Sicily, Puglia andÂ Calabria.
Italy’s long shoreline and proximity to Africa make it a popular destination and entry point into Europe for thousands of Africans who make hazardous journeys in flimsy boats eachÂ year.
The move by Berlusconi’s government, which won an April election promising a hard line on illegal immigration, which it blames for crime, was immediately attacked by theÂ opposition.
* This is the same opposition that would build a bridge to north-Africa or provide a free ferry service to bring in the African Muslim hordes….
“This way it ends up only increasing the worries and insecurities of people, exactly the opposite of what should be done,” Marco Minniti, a Democratic Party politician,Â said.
* Related:Â How Not to Stop IllegalÂ Immigration
The head of MÃ©dicins Sans FrontiÃ¨res in Italy told the Ansa news agency that migrant arrivals on the southern island of Lampedusa in the first seven months of the year were up 30 percent from a year ago but were stable compared to priorÂ years.
Berlusconi earlier this week won parliamentary approval for a new package of reforms to tackle the issue of illegalÂ immigration.