Italy MPs back migrant crackdown

BBC NEWS, 13May09:  Italian MPs have backed a plan to fine illegal immigrants up to 10,000 euros ($13,000), as the government continues to tighten immigration controls.  The lower house overwhelmingly backed the bill, which also proposes jailing those who rent houses to illegal immigrants for up to three years.  The bill still needs to be approved in the Senate before it can become law.  Italy has just introduced a policy of returning boatloads of migrants to Libya before they can claim asylum.

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