On Immigration, Italy is Worse Off Than California

Published on June 24th, 2015

Californians who want to feel better about illegal immigrants entering their state at will, and the stubborn refusal of Sacramento or the federal government to do anything except encourage more of the same, should cast an eye to Italy.

The immigration crisis in Italy, and in much of the United Kingdom, makes California’s look tame by comparison. According to a report published in The Spectator, 50,000 prospective asylees arrived in Italy in the last six months, and as many as 500,000 are prepared to make the smuggler-organized boat journey from Libya’s Mediterranean Coast. Since Italy has decriminalized illegal immigration, the asylum seekers are confident that the government will welcome them.

Italy is failing on immigration.

Indeed, Italy is a generous host. Once the migrants arrive on dry land, they’re taken to centri di accoglienzas, welcome centers, where they will be given room and board. Additionally, they’ll get a small amount of cash and cellular phones, as well as the option for job training and language lessons. Only aliens planning to petition for asylum must comply with identification requirements. Even if denied asylum, the aliens can remain in Italy for years. To fully absorb the mess in Italy, including the terrorism angle that the mostly young, single male passengers from sub-Saharan African represent, read the entire article here.

In too many ways, the U.S., and California specifically, is almost as welcoming as Italy. While neither the state nor the federal government has officially decriminalized illegal immigration, laws are not enforced.

Instead, new legislation is constantly written to assure that the existing laws aren’t carried out – President Obama’s deferred action for childhood arrivals that includes work permits, his prosecutorial discretion mandates and Gov. Jerry Brown’s Trust Act. Countless thousands of illegal aliens are crossing the border in a repeat of last summer’s Central America-via-Mexico surge into the Southwestern United States, and eventually to points beyond. And the U.S. has liberal, fraud-ridden asylum and refugee policies that look the other way at entrants from terrorist-sponsoring nations.

Because unlawful entry is more difficult by sea than by land, California hasn’t reached the advanced crisis stage that’s overwhelmed Italy. But many Californians who long for sensible immigration reform have the nagging feeling that for Obama and Brown, Italy represents their ideal model for future immigration.

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