It appears that political leadership in Hungary is not burdened by the social angst that seemingly plagues a large number of its American counterparts, particularly when it comes to the matter of protecting a nation from the threats associated with mass immigration.
According to the online presence of Raidió Teilifís Éireann, Ireland’s national public broadcasting service, Hungary’s Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, announced Friday morning that his nation will build a second fence along its southern border to repel any new “wave” of migration from Turkey.
Orban’s concern has to do with what he fears may be an impending breakdown of the tenuous deal struck between the European Union and Turkey to reduce the flow of immigrants from the Middle East and North Africa into Europe. Turkey has proven to be the principal gateway for migrants heading to Europe, and while the agreement currently in place with the EU promises Turkey both aid and fewer travel restrictions on its citizens in exchange for clamping down on migrant flow, Tayyip Erdogan, the President of Turkey, has made it clear he does not think the EU is holding up its end of the deal.
In discussing the prospect of a second fence, Orban said, “Technical planning is under way to erect a more massive defence system next to the existing line of defence which was built quickly [last year].
“Then if it does not work with nice words, we will have to stop them with force, and we will do so.”
Hardly the sort of rhetoric you will hear from any of America’s leaders. We’ve heard something that sounds a little like that from candidate Donald Trump, but even he seems to be telegraphing a softening of his stance on immigration these days.
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large