Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi’s proposed some contentious measures to counter the ill effects of illegal immigration and fight this problem to the point of eradication.
His proposal got the approval of Senate and thereby has become law.
In the upper house, the measures got 161 to 120 votes, and had eight abstentions. In Chamber of Deputies after 8 days, the measures got 267 to 322 votes, and here also there were eight abstentions.
This finally became a vote of confidence, which is a legislative policy that changes the amendments to a bill. The center-left opposition has been trying its level best to stop the passage of the proposals of Prime Minister, and in due process has proposed 1,200 amendments to the immigration bill.
The measures proposed by the Prime Minister are also facing opposition of Human Catholic Groups, Human Rights Organizations and some European bodies as well.
As per the new legislation, illegal migration has been graded as offence for the first time in Italy. The law also leads to punishment in the form of imprisonment (between 6 months to 4 years), and may be deportation as well.
The new law has also extended the duration of detention illegal immigrants from two months to eighteen months. Moreover, non-Italians convicts would face one-third harder punishments in comparison to Italians.