Europeans are revolting against mass immigration.
The Open Arms, a Spanish nongovernmental organization rescue vessel that saved 60 migrants floating in a rubber dinghy in the Mediterranean Sea 30 miles from Libya’s coast, prompted Italy to immediately say yesterday the boat could not dock in Italy.
“They can forget about arriving in an Italian port, said Italy’s right wing Interior Minister Matteo Salvini.
An Associated Press reporter aboard the Open Arms said a Libyan coast guard vessel approached the boat during the rescue operation, but soon turned around and left ordering the vessel to go to Spain.
But Spain won’t allow the boat to dock.
Last week, on Monday, Spanish Economic Development Minister Jose Luis Abalos said Spain would not permit a boat carrying 230 migrants rescued at sea to dock in Spain.
His remarks came after Italy’s new populist government refused to allow the Aquarius, with 629 North Africans, to land, and turned it away in the prior week.
Then Pedro Sanchez, the new prime minister of Spain, said he had given permission for the Aquarius, operated by German NGO Mission Lifeline, to dock in Valencia, adding Spain would welcome all those on board. “It is our duty to help avoid a humanitarian catastrophe and offer a safe harbor to these people in accordance with international law,” he said.
His announcement came after German lawmakers who visited the Aquarius said conditions were worsening on board and there was a possible humanitarian emergency as weather conditions deteriorate.
But Mr. Sanchez, who was secretary-general of the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party before his election, received blowback.
The Aquarius was turned away by both Italy and Malta.
Before Mr. Sanchez allowed it to dock in Spain.
But that was then. Now no more rescue ships are welcome. In Spain, Italy or Malta.
Mr. Abalos said Spain could not “take on this responsibility alone.” He said Spain’s acceptance of the Aquarius was aimed to draw attention to the problem of rescued migrants, but a political solution was now needed.
Of course it is. But even the socialists in Europe, said American Thinker editor Thomas Lifson, are starting to realize “that their populace does not want millions more impoverished migrants from cultures and religions that shun assimilation and consider generous welfare subsidies as tribute from the infidels, a signal of weakness and submission.”
With migration surging to the top of the political agenda across Europe, in a crackdown on “political Islam” and foreign financing of religious groups, Austria’s new Chancellor Sebastian Kurz ordered seven mosques closed and their imams and families deported.
In Germany, Angela Merkel is in a political crisis because of her open door policy that has allowed more than 1.5 million Muslims to settle in the country.
As even leftists are starting to understand, said Mr. Lifson, “immigration minus assimilation is an invasion, actually a form of colonialism, in which the newcomers change the host culture and, with their ‘no-go zones,’ enforce extraterritoriality.”
Given Europe high unemployment rate, it’s no wonder there is a turn against mass migration, which the culture cannot afford to feed and house.
Just over 172,300 people reached Europe by sea in 2017, less than half those in 2016, said Human Rights Watch.
“When a Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party government is tougher on uncontrolled mass immigration than our own Democratic Party,” adds Mr. Lifson, “you know that the Dems have painted themselves into a corner. No wonder the U.S. media are ignoring this story.”