Maltese Politician Praises Italy for Standing Up to Globalism, Mass Migration
Local councilor Justin Schembri praises Italian interior minister
Maltese local councilor Justin Schembri hailed Italian populist interior minister Matteo Salvini for standing up to globalism and the European Union (EU) on the migration issue.
Schembri praised Salvini for not “letting his country be accomplices” in the “wave of organized crime” occurring on the Mediterranean Sea.
Salvini’s reiterated his promise that as long as he is in office, no one will enter Italy without permission.
Schembri said he wished his leaders in his own country wher more like Salvini.
“That you have a politician ready to put his foot down and defend what he believes in is something to be appreciated,” Schembri wrote in a Facebook post.
“In the past, our country’s great leaders also put their feet down and defended Malta in accordance to what they believed in, and that’s how it should be,” he said.
Schembri said that despite the emotional outcry against Salvini, he is behaving as a politician should.
“Maybe many stamp Salvini with the term ‘racist,’ but he is likely a sensible person because he wants to stop this planned trafficking, an at the same time not let his country be accomplices in this wave of organized crime,” Schembri said.
“I do not agree with Salvini on a lot of things, including that his country has a crisis of a serious lack of work, so much so that many Italians are going looking [for jobs] in other countries, including Malta, but one must admire that he is capable of standing up to the European Union and his Prime Minister,” he said.
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Schembri added that Salvini has actually listened to the Italian people on the mass migration issue, whereas in Malta nobody seems to have enough “guts” to put his foot down.
“Today’s politicians have the obligation to defend what belongs to our children, and they are failing us all the time because they are not listening to the call of the people,” he said.
Earlier this month, Salvini scored a significant victory after passing a bill that introduces strict new laws to stops migrant rescue ships from docking in Italian ports.
Under the new laws, non-governmental organization (NGO) ships carrying migrants that attempt to dock in Italy without permission will be fined up to €1 million (USD $1.12M), the captains will be arrested and the vessels impounded.
The move aims to crack down on migrant rescue ships who pick up mostly-African asylum seekers in the Mediterranean Sea and try to take them to Italy.
Interior Minister Salvini and his government pushed the bill won the vote by 160 to 57.