Hungary’s Prime Minister is hiring 3,000 “border hunters” to police its new border wall, as the nation votes on a European Union migrant quota referendum.
The new border hunters will be equipped with trucks, night vision goggles, and sniffing dogs. Hungarian officials defend the hires saying they will augment Hungary’s border police by also manning watch towers.
“Every single migrant poses a public security and terror risk,” Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban previously told reporters. The nation-wide referendum is expected to reject the EU migrant quotas, which decide how many migrants each member state must take.
The government’s referendum campaign has undertaken a concerted get out the vote effort with slogans like “Since the beginning of the migration crisis, harassment against women in Europe increased dramatically,” and “Since the beginning of the migration crisis more than 300 people died in terrorist attacks in Europe.”
Hungary is in the midst of suing the EU for trying to force it to resettle nearly 1,200 migrants, joining EU member states Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Poland. Hungary’s aggressive migrant policing practices have worked. The United Nations estimated nearly 13,000 migrants a day were entering the country before a fence was built. That number has fallen to a trickle of approximately 30 legal migrants per day, with very few illegals.
Hungary intentionally built its border wall a few feet from its legal international border, so that when it expels prospective asylum seekers it is not breaking international law. International law dictates that treaty signatories cannot expel asylum seekers out of its borders.
“It is a basic right that if a person wants to ask for asylum, they have the right to cross the border in an irregular manner and make such a request,” a UN spokesman deriding the practice told The Washington Post.
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