Although many countries in the European Union support the idea of open borders, some countries, like Hungary, fear it’s a threat to their national security. Because of this, they believe they must do everything in their power to push back against those trying to undermine their country’s national security by advocating for open borders.
For example, the Hungarian government is currently standing up to George Soros, a far-left, Hungarian-born billionaire and outspoken supporter of open borders. They believe that he has too much power and are worried that he will use his influence to make their country less safe by allowing vast numbers of migrants to flock to Europe. To stop him, they started a nationwide anti-Soros campaign.
Specifically, Viktor Orban, the Hungarian Prime Minister, engaged in a six-week campaign against Soros earlier this year. During the campaign, Orban put up numerous posters and billboards of Soros with captions like, “Don’t let Soros get the last laugh!”
According to Zoltan Kovacs, a spokesman for Orban, the purpose of the campaign was to raise awareness of Soros’ power and influence in the Hungarian government. Specifically, Kovacs told reporters, “in Hungarian public life there is a single important element which is not transparent: Soros’s mafia-style network and its agent organizations. This is why the government insisted that [the] parliament decide on making these organizations transparent, as the Hungarian people have the right to know who represents what and for what purpose.”
Orban’s campaign against Soros is not surprising. Prior to the campaign, he launched a “national consultation” program asking voters to offer solutions to some of the country’s biggest problems. One of the biggest problems discussed was immigration. When the program came to an end, Orban promised he would “stop Soros” from “executing his grand plan and his grand business project.”
When asked what Soros’ “grand plan” is, Kovacs told reporters, “one of the elements of George Soros’s plan is for one million migrants to be brought into Europe every year,” explained Kovacs. “The second element in the billionaire’s plan would be a European asylum authority, which would seize powers in this area from the authorities of the member states,” he added.
Unsurprisingly, Soros was outraged by the campaign, calling it “anti-semitic.” Shortly after the campaign against him began, he released a statement criticizing the Hungarian government. “I am distressed by the current Hungarian regime’s use of anti-Semitic imagery as part of its deliberate disinformation campaign,” he said, adding, “equally, I am heartened that together with countless fellow citizens the leadership of the Hungarian Jewish community has spoken out against the campaign.”
However, Kovacs quickly dismissed Soros’ accusations of anti-Semitism. “The campaign you are referring to seeks to draw attention to the threat which George Soros represents on the issue of immigration – namely his standpoint that the borders of Europe must open up to immigrants,” explained Kovacs, noting, “we would like to emphasize…that the poster campaign has nothing to do with Mr. Soros’s religious affiliation – if indeed he has any.”
He added, “the Hungarian standpoint is that illegal migration is clearly a matter of national security. We shall mobilize the political and legal power of the Hungarian state against anyone who undermines the security of Hungary – regardless of their origins, religious affiliation or wealth.”
Michael Vachon, a spokesman for Soros, insists that the accusations against Soros are not true. “The claim that Soros is promoting a scheme to import a million illegal immigrants into Europe is Victor Orban’s fantasy,” he stated, adding, “Soros’ position is entirely consistent with mainstream European values.”
But clearly, Vachon’s comments are ridiculous. First, the Hungarian government is simply saying that advocating for open borders threatens their national security. Second, whether or not Soros’ position is consistent with mainstream European values is largely irrelevant to whether or not it threatens the national security of Hungary.
Hopefully, more countries in Europe will follow in Hungary’s footsteps and start pushing back against open borders. Doing so will help keep the people in their country safe.