Italian election: ‘Immigration out of control!’ Lega backs Berlusconi in crucial vote

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Italian election 2018

GettyThe 81-year-old Silvio Berlusconi is the founder of liberal Forza Italia (Go Italy) party

In an attempt to sway voters on election day, Mr Fontana emphasised that immigration is “not under control” as he issued promises to get rid of immigrants.

He stated: “People here are worried about the current immigration situation.

"It is currently not under control and it’s creating social tension.

“It’s clearly unthinkable we could send hundreds of thousands back home instantly.

"But we have to get started and do everything we can to repatriate people.”

Roberto Di Stefano, the newly elected mayor of the city of Sesto San Giovanni, near Milan, is already displaying the intentions of Mr Berlusconi by imposing a distinctly new hard line on immigrants.

Mr Di Stefano has been responsible for the deportation of 208 illegal immigrants with many sent away with deportation orders.

He told BBC Newsnight that new technology is ensuring the possibility of immigrants trying to come back is kept to a minimum.