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Stop citizenship for migrant kids, cannabis bills says Salvini

New source of tension within ruling alliance

(see related story on Draghi govt) (ANSA) - ROME, JUN 30 - League leader Mattero Salvini has opened a new fountain of friction within Premier Mario Draghi's ruling coalition by calling on alliance partners the 5-Star Movement (M5S) and the Democratic Party (PD) to drop bills on easing laws against the use of cannabis and making it easier for migrants' children to obtain Italian citizenship.
    Although the bills have not been presented by the government, Salvini says parliament should be focusing on other issues, such as the cost-of-living crisis.
    Salvini told Affaritaliani.it that, while the League does not want to pull its support for Draghi's government, it was worried about the "continual provocations of the PD and the M5S.
    "While Italian people have problems with salaries that are too low and bills that are too high, the left is blocking parliament in order to legalize drugs and give citizenship to immigrants.
    "It's madness, an insult not just to the League, but also to millions of citizens who are in difficulty".
    The cannabis bill would make it possible for people to cultivate up to four cannabis plants for personal use The 'ius scholae' bill would enable the children of migrants who are born in Italy or who entered the country before they are 12 and have lived and attended school here for at lest five years to obtain citizenship.
    At the moment children of migrants have to wait until they are 18 to apply for Italian citizenship, even if they were born here.
    PD bigwig Graziano Delrio told Thursday's edition of La Stampa that he did not see what the fuss was about, as the bills were noting to for with the government. (ANSA).


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