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Viktor Orban is standing strong against his critics.

The mainstream media has often compared the Hungarian prime minister to President Trump. They see it as an insult but Hungary is not so sure.

Known for their tenacity, the media outlets continue their attacks. An opinion piece in the New York Times this week may have pushed the country a little too far.

The NYT comes out swinging in the first paragraph;

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“Hungary’s cruel treatment of refugees has reached a new low. On Tuesday, in defiance of international law, the Parliament approved the mass detention of asylum seekers, including children, in guarded camps enclosed with razor wire.”

Faced with the same problems as many western countries, Hungary is overrun with refugees. The Middle Easterners have abused lax policies across Europe to settle where they desire.

Hungary is part of the Schengen Area. Consisting of 26 countries, the area allows for “free and unrestricted movement of people, goods, services, and capital, in harmony with common rules for controlling external borders and fighting criminality by strengthening common judicial system and police cooperation.”

This freedom is supposed to benefit the 400 million citizens of the countries. Unfortunately, it has also allowed refugees to enter one country and gain access to all of them. Lacking border stations and passport regulations, the area is rife for manipulation.

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Security expert and former leader of Interpol, Robert Noble, explains what he has described as a terror risk, “Europe’s open-border arrangement, which enables travel through 26 countries without passport checks or border controls, is effectively an international passport-free zone for terrorists to execute attacks on the Continent and make their escape.”

Naturally, this has led to the area being negatively affected by the waves of immigrants. Even the ones who are not planning a crime, or hiding because of one, are a drain on the economics of nations.

Hungary is just one country that is attempting to stop the bleeding. Acting as judge and jury, the New York Times scolded them;

“Hungary has treated desperate refugees with incredible cruelty since the beginning of Europe’s refugee crisis. In the summer of 2015, it built a razor-wire fence along its southern border with Serbia, and directed its border patrol to kick as many people as possible back to the other side.”

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Hungary officials make the point that this is a convenient place to sit and make judgements.

The paper appears prone to the dramatic. Not allowing refugees in can hardly be considered “incredible cruelty” by rational people. The liberal news outlet took the opportunity to make yet another connection;

“To justify the move, Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orban, echoing President Donald Trump’s views, has called refugees the “Trojan horse of terrorism.” When Mr. Orban was denounced by the United Nations and human rights organizations for the new policy, he dismissed the chorus of condemnation as “charming human rights nonsense.””

These attacks put Hungary on the defensive. Zoltán Kovács, official spokesman for Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, responded harshly.

“It’s easy to be charmed by the human rights nonsense when you’re penning editorials from an office in Midtown Manhattan. But we’re running a government responsible for the safety and security of our citizens – as well as the citizens of Europe – on the front lines of this crisis, and we see this struggle differently.”

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Not shying away from the Trump comparisons, Kovács even referenced the president’s statement about “a nation without borders;”

“If you don’t have a border, as they say, you don’t have a country.”

The spokesman attempted to explain the effect of the Schengen Area, “[Migrants] don’t stop to request asylum in Turkey, Bulgaria, Greece, or Serbia because they’re not ‘inside’ Europe.” He acknowledged that Greece is technically part of the Area but “shares no land borders with the rest of it.”

The struggle, the same one President Trump is facing, is to juggle humanity with the safety of the country’s citizens. As Kovács points out, it is easy to judge when nothing rests on your shoulders;

The [New York] Times editors in their ivory tower in New York assert that the [Hungarian] prime minister is playing Europe for a patsy. Unfortunately, migrants – certainly not all, but many – have been gaming the system in Europe.”

Involving themselves with foreign affairs, the newspaper questions the EU;

“Clearly, Mr. Orban is playing the European Union for a patsy. At what point will the union have the courage to take action against his policies?”

The current U.S. administration is being similarly condemned. In such a difficult situation, no actions will please the left. The media in America wants to overlook the problems of immigration. They choose to harshly evaluate, tugging at heartstrings with news that rarely tells the whole story.

Hungary is stuck, they cannot proceed without critique and they can’t afford to do nothing. Kovács and Orbán understand that and will proceed accordingly.

“Hundreds of thousands have crossed Europe’s Schengen border illegally. Sometimes they go through the motions of requesting asylum and are instructed to remain in a camp until their cases are decided. Many of them, though, don’t bother to wait and, abusing asylum rules and the open borders of the Schengen area, disappear somewhere into the European Union. That’s illegal and that’s why we’ve changed the law to be able to say that migrants can’t move about freely in the same way as citizens.”