With illegal migrants pouring into Lampedusa, Italy's Meloni pulls out the Greg Abbott card
It's astonishing how similar Italy and its problem with illegal migrants rolling in from its south is to Texas with all its problems with incoming illegals. Douglas Murray at the New York Post, wrote a fine piece yesterday about how it looks from the ground there.
Now, Italy's prime minister, Giorgia Meloni, is looking to take some Gov. Greg Abbott-type action.
Yesterday she issued a vow to the European Union to take "extraordinary measures" if the EU doesn't blockade the migrant boats which are currently flooding the Italian island of Lampedusa, situated halfway between Sicily and the Tunisian coast in the Mediterranean. Some 7,000 illegal migrants have rolled in, which is more than the permanent population of Lampedusa itself. She's furious, and suggested that if the European Union doesn't bother to enforce immigration law with a joint naval blockade of its own, then she's sending in the Italian navy to take care of the matter.
Here's her address which (unfortunately for us), is only in Italian:
Lavoriamo ogni giorno per mantenere gli impegni che abbiamo sottoscritto con voi, in ogni ambito, a partire dal ripristino della legalità e nel contrasto all’immigrazione illegale. pic.twitter.com/taHCjmNapy— Giorgia Meloni (@GiorgiaMeloni) September 15, 2023
The gist of it is getting around, though:
BREAKING:— Visegrád 24 (@visegrad24) September 16, 2023
Ursula von der Leyen will travel to Lampedusa tomorrow
together with Giorgia Meloni.
Meloni stated yesterday that unless von der Leyen travels to Lampedusa and the EU launches a naval action in the Mediterranean Sea, Italy will introduce its own naval blockade. pic.twitter.com/ygP6XIsJmZ
Which makes sense. Italy is a sovereign nation and has every right to defend its sovereign borders, EU or no EU. The European Union can legislate all its likes around its own affairs, but with Italy threatened with an invasion from a non-EU country, it's within its rights to take action, although the EU doesn't see it that way.
Still, EU President Ursula von den Leyen has quickly responded, saying she would come to the border, or rather, island, presumably to placate Meloni. Based on what we've seen of her in Ukraine, she likes disaster tourism done in first-class comfort, and is a fan of stern warnings. She's on the same page as Joe Biden.
Not only does Italy parallel Texas geographically, situated at the southern center of the European continent, just as Texas is with rest of the United States to its north, it's also the intake point for millions of illegal migrants, who, like those coming into Texas, are directed and enabled by criminal cartels in nations to the south of it -- Tunisia rather than Mexico. And like Texas, Italy is dealing with an indifferent central socialist government it supposedly must answer to as a member of the European Union, which of course doesn't care in the least if Italy is overrun by low-value migrants with few skills, no education, low social capital, a ravenous appetite for welfare services, and no intention of assimilating.
That's Italy's problem, let them deal with it. Germany has already told Italy to not send them there.
What triggered the migrant surge was a deal the European Union brokered with Tunisia to keep the boats at home and the cartels at bay, in exchange for a hundred million dollars. The EU check has not been sent, so the migrant boats are flowing again to Italy, which is paying a heck of a lot more than a hundred million to take in the illegal migrants and find some place to take them if they can.
And the migrants are behaving like this:
R.I.P. Lampedusa, Italy. Once a quaint little island with 6,000 residents.— End Wokeness (@EndWokeness) September 14, 2023
This is the result of the greatest betrayal in history. Our grandchildren will hate us.pic.twitter.com/ihpo7bTQ8s
Lampedusa was an idyllic Italian island with approx 6,000 residents… until this week 7,000 fighting aged, male, African illegal immigrants in over 100 boats stormed the island in a single day.— Jayda Fransen (@JaydaBF) September 14, 2023
This CANNOT be described as anything other than an invasion. pic.twitter.com/40GZRuxF4l
...fleeing war and torture, as the EU propaganda and mainstream media says. (I see a lot of flaming sarcasm from the Italian and some other European posters of these videos)
Lampedusa was once a quaint island with 6,000 Italian residents.— End Wokeness (@EndWokeness) September 13, 2023
Yesterday over 8,000 illegals stormed the island after arriving on fleets of boats.
This is what the island looks like now:pic.twitter.com/bV34xz5GR0
Italy has called a 6 month State of Emergency as the George Soros led invasion escalates…— UK Justice Forum 🇬🇧 Latest Video News Updates! (@Justice_forum) September 14, 2023
The Sicilian island of Lampedusa saw more than 5,000 male immigrants arrive in 36 hours.
Soros wanted compensation for Italy to house his illegal immigrants so Giorgia Meloni could… pic.twitter.com/4Pcf9fnwJZ
Tensions rise on Italy's Lampedusa island 🇮🇹 as migrants demand food and housing— Clown World ™ 🤡 (@ClownWorld_) September 14, 2023
Thousands more boat migrants showed up in Lampedusa, Italy today. The situation has officially gotten out of hand. pic.twitter.com/zmlJZFsx4L— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) September 15, 2023
Lampedusa, Italy...— Amy Mek (@AmyMek) September 14, 2023
A military-age illegal who just invaded Italy celebrates by putting his hands on a volunteer's buttocks.
Are authorities going to act shocked and outraged when he rapes a woman tonight!?
When will these open-border left-wing women wake-up? pic.twitter.com/yDsEXVtro8
German and French tourists on the island who will return to their homelands have been seen dancing with the migrants:
Tourists in Lampedusa celebrating and dancing with migrants who have recently arrived on the island.— Clown World ™ 🤡 (@ClownWorld_) September 15, 2023
The press reported that it was a kumbaya moment for everyone, but the Italian sources I have seen on Twitter say it was tourists, not Italians out dancing, and well, they do look like pasty German tourists.
As for the Italian citizens of Lampedusa, who are overrun with literally more migrants than the island's permanent population, they are angry and protesting -- much the same way the border towns of the Texas have swung red and shifted their voting patterns in protest.
¡La gente está furiosa en Lampedusa! Están hartos de la invasión que están sufriendo por culpa de las políticas de la UE y que están provocado este CAOS.— Bakalaofresco (@bakalaofresco) September 16, 2023
¿Dónde está bloqueo naval que prometió Meloni? ¿Ha traicionado a sus votantes... y al resto de sus seguidores europeos? pic.twitter.com/0kvmwxEQ5c
Italian residents in Lampedusa have had enough of the migrant situation— Clown World ™ 🤡 (@ClownWorld_) September 16, 2023
Listen to them: They sound like real Italians.
Now Meloni vows to take matters into Italy's hands if she can't get results from Europe. She ought to pull out entirely from the EU but that may not be practical now. Given the EU's indifference to enforcing its own payoffs to countries like Tunisia, why should she defer to the EU on a naval blockade? They'll just treat her the way they treated Tunisia.
For that, she's calling to take matters into her own state's hands. She ought to do it, not just to protect Italy, but to teach the EU a lesson. If she takes Italy out of the EU bloc, she ought to forge an alliance with the Brexited-U.K., and ... Gov. Abbott of Texas.
Image: Twitter screen shot