Top Italian official tells meddling Richard Gere to load African migrants on his own jet and put them up at Hollywood home

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What is it with wealthy Hollywood liberals who feel the need to inject their ideas of morality onto the world around them?

Actor Richard Gere, who has an estimated net worth of $100 million, is in the news cycle after his wife, Alejandra, posted a video on Instagram showing the actor standing on a boat with African migrants asking that they be “taken care of.”

According to the “Pretty Woman” actor, the migrants appear to be from Lybia — Gere said “probably all hands on board would have been lost” had the rescue ship named Open Arms not intervened.


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This is their story….. #richardgere #openarms

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In another video, posted by the Open Arms organization, Gere, 69, is seen loading food and supplies aboard the ship.

“The people that you see here on this boat — they’re only here because of the donations to Open Arms and the work that Open Arms does,” Gere said, in an appeal to viewers to support the effort.

The rescue ship is in international waters near Lampedusa, an Italian island south of Sicily and Malta, according to The Associated Press. It has been blocked from ports in Italy and Malta, with the nations calling on other European Union countries to take in their share of migrants.

With the U.S.-Mexico border overrun by Central American migrants, Europe is also dealing with a migration crisis — The Guardian reported in January 2018 that “more than 1.8 million migrants” have come to the continent since 2014 and the difficulties of assimilation are creating many problems.


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#repost @elperiodico_cas ・・・ ?? Richard Gere lleva víveres al Open Arms: “No estáis solos”. El actor Richard Gere ha llevado este viernes víveres al barco español de rescate ‘Open Arms’, que se encuentra desde hace ocho días en mitad del Mediterráneo con 121 personas a bordo a la espera de poder desembarcar en un puerto seguro, según explica la periodistas de RTVE Yolanda Álvarez. En un yate con una pancarta en la que se lee ‘No estáis solos’, el actor nacido en Filadelfia hace 69 años ha subido al ‘Open Arms’ acompañado del fundador de la enegé, Óscar Camps, y ha repartido comida a la tripulación y a los migrantes. ? Valerio Nicolosi @proactivaopenarms @elperiodico_cas

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The migrants above were rescued in international waters and are looking for a port to take them in.

“The most important thing for these people here is to be able to get to a free port, to be able to get off the boats and get on land and start a new life,” Gere added. ” To be taken care of and start a new life for themselves.”

Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini had a suggestion for Gere, telling the actor he can board the migrants on his “private jet” and fly them home to Hollywood, according to Bloomberg.

“Given that this generous millionaire is voicing concern for the fate of the Open Arms migrants, we thank him: he can take back to Hollywood, on his private plane, all the people aboard and support them in his villas. Thank you Richard!” the Italian official said in a statement.

The ship is registered to Spain, according to Bloomberg, and Salvini has called on that country to take the migrants in, but Spanish authorities have refused, insisting that it disembark at the nearest port.


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