Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini stated Friday that the migrant and security decree he put together was a state law and must be followed. This is in the midst of the rebellion of some ten of 8,000 mayors, one of whom is Palermo’s Leoluca Orlando.
The mayors opposed to the decree say it unfairly strips asylum seekers of rights. Their enquiries to DIGOS resulted in a DIGOS security police visit to Palermo’s registry office after the Sicilian capital’s police chief denied their move.
“They asked us what happens when we want to regularise the position of an asylum seeker and what procedure we are following,” according to clerks account to reporters. DIGOS police allegedly enquired of the registrars of Orlando’s rejection fo the security degree alleging it breaches migrants’ Constitutional rights.
Palermo police chief has said the reports were “devoid of all foundations” while Deputy Premier and Labour and Industry Minister Luigi Di Maio has backed Interior Minister Salvini on the security decree, reminding any members of the government suffering “unease” over the decree should remember that they voted for it. Di Maio referred to the protest from the leftwing mayors as a “political boutade”.
Interior Minister Salvini explains that the decree is now State law signed by President Sergio Matteralla.
“There’s no row, there’s a State law, signed by the president of the republic and applied by 99% of mayors,” he said.
“There are ten mayors who are protesting out of 8,000 across Italy,” Salvini said explaining that the ‘party is over’ for the leftwing mayors who allegedly benefited from migrant business.
“With the (Democratic Party) it was chaos and clandestine migrants, with the League it is order and respect,” he said. “Certain mayors look back fondly on the good old times of immigration, but for them too the party is over!”.
Salvini also suggested that “Orlando and de Magistris, just quit,” and that mayors need to respect the President’s signature on the decree.
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