“Italy moves towards decriminalizing clandestine immigration,” by Massimiliano Di Giorgio and Steve Scherer for Reuters (reposted by the New York Times):
Italy’s Senate voted on Tuesday to scrap a law that makes entering the country without the proper paperwork a criminal offence and means migrants can be tried and fined up to 5,000 euros ($6,800) before being deported.
The lower house of parliament must also now approve the change for it to take effect.
Under planned new rules, an illegal migrant would still be barred from finding work but would have better protection from maltreatment by black-market employers. The migrant would be deemed guilty of an administrative infraction, not a crime, but could still ultimately face expulsion…