“There are instruments so dangerous to the rights of the nation and which place them so totally at the mercy of their governors that those governors, whether legislative or executive, should be restrained from keeping such instruments on foot but in well-defined cases. Such an instrument is a standing army.”

- Thomas Jefferson, 1789

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More than 123,800 irregular migrants and asylum seekers have arrived in Italy this year, including more than 8,000 this week. European arrivals are up 13% year on year.