July 25, 2008

Joseph, Mary & Jesus were Illegal Immigrants

Signore Berlusconi doesn't even pretend to give a shit. He's from the "social Darwin" school school of philosophy: if you aren't strong or powerful, you deserve to die. Just look at that face!
Italy to jail clandestine migrants
A new crime of 'illegal immigration' has been constructed in Italy. (Photo: European Commission)
Today @ 09:27 CET
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - EU home affairs ministers are gathering in Brussels to discuss a number of proposals on immigration, attempting to set a common approach across member states.
Eyes will also be on Italy after the country passed a controversial law on Wednesday (23 July) that would make undocumented migration a crime punishable by up to four years in jail.
A total of 161 Italian lawmakers in the country's senate supported the measures, while 120 were against and eight abstained.
According to media reports, the legislation will introduce a new criminal offence - "illegal immigration" - punishable by six to four years in prison. The law also states that property rented to an undocumented immigrant can be confiscated.
[...] "Foreigners committed 60 percent of the attempted homicides, 60 percent of the robberies [and] 82 percent of the muggings," [my bold] Sandro Mazzatorta of the anti-immigrant Northern League party told the the BBC, referring to his perceptions of the situation in the city of Brescia.
The country's interior minister is also a member of the Northern League, in Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's governing coalition. Mr Berlusconi returned to power following snap parliamentary elections in April. Fears over irregular immigration featured prominently during the campaign.
But the tough line has come under heavy criticism from the country's left-wing opposition political parties as well as the Catholic Church and human rights organisations.
According to Anna Finocchiaro from the Democratic Party, the newly adopted law undermines the principle of equality. "I don't know why someone should be punished more because they're an illegal immigrant," she said, Euronews.net reports.
Other opposition politicians have warned it could also aggravate racism in the country.[...]

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