Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018
MILAN

Northern League bigwig blames Kyenge for incoming migrants

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Milan, June 6 - The second-in-command of the
Northern League on Thursday said Integration Minister Cecile
Kyenge's push to decriminalize undocumented immigration to Italy
has sparked a wave of incoming migrants.
"If we have a minister who says that clandestine
immigration is no longer a crime and who is open to (their
receiving) citizenship, while all of Europe is going in the
other direction, obviously anyone who escapes is going to head
for Italy," said Matteo Salvini.
Kyenge, Italy's first black cabinet minister, and her
efforts to reform Italy's immigration laws have run into strong
opposition, namely from the Northern League whose founder,
Umberto Bossi, helped draft the current law passed in 2002
during ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's administration making
illegal immigration a criminal offence.
The Northern League and other parties on the right have
argued for tougher immigration laws and enforcement.
Salvini said that since she became vocal about immigration
reform last month, "the arrival of immigrants by boat have
picked up by the hundreds".
The number of migrants arriving in southern Italy by sea
has picked up in recent months, a routine occurrence as sea
conditions improve in spring and summer.
Since her swearing-in, Salvini has attacked Kyenge several
times, saying that "having a former illegal immigrant as a
minister can only happen in Italy, and it's making a laughing
stock of us".
Kyenge, 48-year-old doctor who was born in the Democratic
Republic of Congo, moved to Italy three decades ago to study
medicine.
Her appointment prompted a series of ethnic slurs from
Mario Borghezio, a member of the Northern League in the European
Parliament, who claimed Kyenge would "impose her tribal
traditions from the Congo" on Italy.
He later apologized, but the EFD Eurosceptics' caucus on
Monday kicked him out for his remarks nonetheless.

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