Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban wants to make the country’s border “unbreakable” for migrants by upgrading the border fence that went up last Fall.
Hungary became one of the first European countries to build a border fence in October when the daily refugee influx was more than 6,000. In just one day, the fence brought down the number of illegal entrances to below 100. (RELATED: Is Trump Wrong About A Border Wall? One Stunning Chart Has The Answer)
Orban now plans to add a second fence next to the existing one, which he said would be able to hold back “hundreds of thousands” of people at once.
“Technical planning is under way to erect a more massive defense system next to the existing line of defense which was built quickly [last year],” Orban said Friday, according to Reuters.
Orban fears the migrant stream might pick up again if arrangements with Turkey fall through. Hungary’s geographical position makes it the first country in the European Union for migrants traveling through the Balkans. (RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: US Ambassador To Hungary Ignores Mayor’s Request To See US-Mexico Border)
“Then if it does not work with nice words, we will have to stop them with force, and we will do so,” Orban said.
The mayor of a village along the border has further deployed a citizen militia to chase down and catch anyone who still manages to get across with their “bare hands.” Other Hungarian border defense strategies include scarecrows made out of carved-out beets. When the scarecrows went up earlier this summer, not a single illegal immigrant managed to enter for an entire month.
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