Speaking to Express.co.uk in Strasbourg, the Italian Lega MEP called on the European Union to start «defending» its borders from the uncontrolled arrival of «hundreds of thousands» of people to Europe.
Mr Borghezio argued Italy’s Interior Minister Matteo Salvini’s tough strategy is finally keeping the EU’s attention on the issue after years of neglection.
He said: “The Italian Government, with Interior Minister Salvini, is right to keep Europe’s attention on the issue because the EU has been distracted for too long.
“They have, for too many years, left Italy alone in this situation.
“We have had to suffer the invasion of hundreds of thousands of people who have no right to cross European borders.
“Europe has to defend its own borders. If they wanted to keep us, prisoners of this ugly situation, it is obvious we will have to react starting, for example, from stopping to cooperate on a financial level with the European Union.
“The Italian Government doesn’t want to split Europe.
“It wants Europe to defend its borders and the rights of Italian people who no longer want to suffer from not only economic damages but also those related to our tranquillity and security over this wild immigration.”
We have suffered the invasion of thousands of people who have no right to cross European borders
Mr Salvini has led a popular crackdown against immigration since Italy’s coalition government took office in June.
On Tuesday, he lashed out at Brussels for not taking sufficient action to curb Europe’s migration crisis.
Speaking to the BBC, he said: «Brussels has been promising us help and assistance for years and has been doing nothing.»
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker blasted the Italian interior minister for lashing out at Brussels, saying he was «stunned» by his criticism of the Commission.
In an interview with Italian newspaper La Stampa, the European Commission President said: «Every now and then I am stunned by the continuous attacks of Salvini.»
He also called out Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte for playing a part in the two vice premiers – Luigi Di Maio, leader of M5S and Mr Salvini – for their «continuous attacks» towards the European Commission.
Mr Juncker added: «I have no problems with the Prime Minister, my friend Giuseppe Conte, but every now and then I am stunned by this rhetoric in which he plays part of the majority coalition and at least one of the two vice premiers, with their continuous attacks to Brussels, and that is not helping Italy.
«Salvini said that during the election campaign, every time I opened my mouth, he would gain votes. I do not want to be useful to him.
«I want to be useful to Italy. I do not see a single reason why EPP can develop a relationship with Salvini. We already have Orban and that is enough».