Earlier this month, two ships operated by Mission Lifeline, a migrant rescue group based in Germany, took more than 200 people who were floating in small rubber boats off the coast of Libya onboard their own ship. Instead of bringing the people to Libya, however, the ships subsequently traveled up to Italy and demanded that the government accept all of the individuals into their country as migrants.
Although government officials initially met their request with a massive amount of resistance, they have apparently since caved-in to their demand. Specifically, the migrant invasion ships recently got news that they will, quite shockingly, be allowed to drop the migrants off at the Italian ports. If they do so, though, they were informed that the government will take action and consequently impound their ships.
“We will assume the humanitarian generosity and responsibility to save these people and take them onto Italian coast guard ships,” explained Italian Minister of Infrastructures and Transports Danilo Toninelli, who oversees the actions of the country’s coast guard.
“[The ships] will be seized by the Italian government and directed into our ports [to conduct a probe],” added Toninelli after pushing back against earlier calls for the rescue ships, which were flying Dutch flags, to travel all the way up to the Netherlands on the grounds that the journey would be too dangerous.
“Foreign NGO boats will never touch Italian soil again,” argued Salvini in a post published online earlier this week.
“They provide an incentive and encouragement for the departure of the death boats,” he continued, noting, “[they] will only see Italy on a postcard.”
In addition to speaking out against letting the migrants into Italy, Salvini also reached out to the Netherlands to verify that the boat was actually registered in the country.
In response, the Dutch government denied that the ships were registered to their country and suggested that they were “unlawfully, illegally flying the Dutch flag.”
Upon hearing about the allegations, however, Mission Lifeline went online and shared a photo showing that they were, in fact, registered with the Dutch government.
“Our ship sails under the Dutch flag which can be proven by this registration confirmation,” they explained in the recently published tweet.
On top of the allegation that they were falsely flying the Dutch flag, the ships were also accused of violating international law for purportedly taking the migrants aboard their ship while in water controlled by the Libyan government.
Much like with the other allegation, though, the rescue group associated with the ships stated that this claim is also false. According to them, the rescue mission took place in international waters and they only got involved after the Libyan coastguard intervened.
But even if this is true, Salvini and other Italians are still justified in not wanting the immigrants entering their country due to the fact that it’s not entirely uncommon for immigrants or refugees from other countries to harm others, bring disease, and otherwise destroy the culture.
For example, earlier this month, a 30-year-old asylum seeker in Belgium who had previously been deported and barred from living there for a total of six years was sentenced to four years behind bars for kidnapping a 19-year-old mentally disabled woman and then repeatedly raping her over the span of three days.
Disturbingly, the migrant, who was later identified only as Karim, reportedly abducted her and sexually abused her in an attempt to impregnate her with a so-called “anchor baby” so that he could avoid deportation.
And a few days before that, Karam Majdi, a 19-year-old man believed to be from Egypt who managed to get into the United Kingdom (UK) by pretending to be a child asylum-seeker from Syria, was found guilty of savagely raping a young schoolgirl and consequently sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison, which, much like with Karim’s prison sentence, is ridiculously short considering what happened.
A couple of months before that, three Afghan immigrants who have lived in Canada since 2007 were found guilty of “honor killing” four members of their own family. As a consequence, the three immigrants, 58-year-old Mohammad Shafia, his 41-year-old wife Tooba Yahya, and their 20-year-old son Hamed, have all since been sentenced to prison.
On top of that, they’ve also all had their citizenships revoked, which means that they will be removed from the country and sent back to Afghanistan if they’re ever set free.
Clearly, while it may, in fact, be true that some migrants are really good people who have a lot to contribute to society, this is definitely not the case with all of them. Because of this, the Italian government should have stood their ground and refused to let the ships into their ports. By caving in, they simply made the problem worse due to the fact that now other prospective migrants will likely try the same thing.