A local Italian politicians stunned Italians and Jews by proposing that immigrants ought to be treated with the same severity the Nazi’s used when occupying the country. “To make immigrants understand how they should behave it would be right to use the same methods as the Nazis,” said municipal councillor Giorgio Bettio. Bettio went on to suggest that non-EU citizens with work permits who want permanent resident status in Treviso should be placed under surveillance for six months, and that information about them should be collected from their neighbors. “After the six months, if they have behave well, the immigrants can stay. If not, they should be watched for another three months and then expelled,” he said. Mr. Bettio is a member of the Northern League, which campaigns on a tough anti-immigration policy. His comments were met with an onslaught of condemnation.

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