“STOP Soros” Passes in Hungarian Parliament

Joe Scudder
Written by Joe Scudder

The new “STOP Soros laws make it illegal and punishable for NGOs to help illegal immigrants enter Hungary.

Hungary isn’t backing down from it’s opposition to mass migration, even in the face of condemnation by the European Union. They passed laws criminalizing helping illegal immigrants get into Hungary, complete with jail time even for employees of non-governmental organizations.

According to the video above, we are supposed to think of the new laws as the result of Viktor Orban’s ambition and not consider the voters who overwhelmingly favor him.

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Reuters reports, “Hungary approves “STOP Soros” law, defying EU, rights groups.

Hungary’s parliament on Wednesday approved a package of bills that criminalises some help given to illegal immigrants, defying the European Union and human rights groups.

The legislation narrows the scope for action by non-governmental organisations (NGOs), making their workers liable for jail terms for helping migrants to seek asylum when they are not entitled to it.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban has led eastern European opposition to EU quotas that aim to distribute asylum seekers around the bloc, criticising the open-door policy that German Chancellor Angela Merkel proclaimed at the height of the European migrant crisis in 2015.

Orban’s right-wing Fidesz party tightened its grip on parliament in April elections after campaigning on an anti-immigration platform. Fidesz also demonised Hungarian-born U.S. billionaire George Soros and the liberal NGOs he backs, naming the new legislation the “STOP Soros” law.

Orban accuses Soros of encouraging mass immigration to undermine Europe, a charge he denies.

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“The STOP Soros package of bills serves that goal, making the organisation of illegal immigration a criminal offence. We want to use the bills to stop Hungary from becoming a country of immigrants,” he said.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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