Italy Vows To Deport Criminal Migrants, ‘Become a Serious Country Again'
Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini reacts to tram attack in Florence
Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has declared he will deport a Nigerian migrant responsible for attacking and hospitalizing a passenger on a tram in Florence.
The 22-year-old asylum seeker from Nigeria, who was already deported in 2017, and again in 2018, punched the 36-year-old woman on the tram.
The horrific assault prompted other passengers to restrain the attacker until police could arrive and arrest her.
The Nigerian migrant was taken for a psychiatric evaluation after police found her in a “confused state," Italian media reported.
But she was unable to provide any reason for her assault when questioned by police.
Salvini, who is committed to restoring the rule of law, posted on Facebook that this sort of behavior would not be tolerated:
“She attacked a woman in Florence, punching her while both were onboard the tram and all because ‘her body commanded it,’” Salvini wrote.
“The victim is a 36-Year-old, wounded by a 22-Year-old Nigerian already expelled in 2017, denounced in 2018, and an asylum applicant in Palermo.
We are already at work to expel this criminal from Italy, and all those like her — hardly ‘refugees’!” he said.
“We are becoming a serious country again: only those who have permission may enter, whoever commits a crime will pay, and those who enter illegally will be deported,” he concluded.
Salvini recently blocked migrant ships from docking in Italy as part of a crackdown on migration.
He ships will only be accepted for docking if all of the occupants onboard have been relocated elsewhere in Europe first.
Italy's leader was reacting to an incident where a group of migrants was picked up by an Italian fishing boat named the Accursio Giarrantano, according to an Il Giornale report.
After the ship was refused access to a Maltese port, however, they were forced to wait a whole day before the migrants could be transferred to a coastguard vessel called Bruno Gregoretti.