What a week for the pro-migration lobby! The United Nations endorsed the Global Compact for Migration last Monday, and the pro-immigration parties in the European Parliament voted up the migrant visa last Tuesday. It was a reminder, in case anybody needed one, that these people are serious about legalizing illegal migration, contrary to the will of the people.
“The European Parliament decision on the migrant visa defies common sense,” said Minister Gergely Gulyás, head of the Prime Minister’s Office.
At the international summit in Marrakech last week, UN members – or at least those member states who, like Hungary, hadn’t already withdrawn from the discussions – voted to adopt the infamous Global Compact for Migration, a document that works from the premise that migration ranks among fundamental human rights. Meanwhile, the European Parliament in Strasbourg pledged its support for Brussels’ migrant visa scheme, aimed at allowing masses of illegal migrants to enter EU territory.
Although it may seem like a strange coincidence, it’s far from unexpected for those of us who have been struggling with this debate. In fact, this is exactly what Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has been warning against since 2015, long before the peak of Europe’s migration crisis. We should not be encouraging continued migration through responses that seek to “manage” it, the PM argued, but instead we need to strengthen our borders, put a stop to illegal migration and deliver more assistance to the hot spots that are creating these migrant flows. Or, as Minister Gulyás put it:
“According to the Hungarian government, migration should not be managed, but we should clearly declare that it is necessary to stop it.”
Now it’s there in black and white: the European Union and the United Nations have thrown their weight behind a global movement that promotes immigration, that sees it as good and a necessary remedy for correcting the EU’s sad demographic course.
As Foreign Minister Szijjártó recently said, the UN migration pact is a betrayal of European citizens and fails to represent their interests. By being the first country to follow the United States in leaving the negotiating table last July, Hungary strongly opposed the document because we see these things differently.
The pro-migration clique sees migration as a good thing. Hungary, on the other hand, considers migration is a dangerous phenomenon and it presents a threat to public security, our cultural identity and the Hungarian way of living.
Europe’s future relies on strict border controls and not the uncontrolled, unmanaged influx of illegal immigrants. On the contrary: instead of inviting millions of migrants to Europe, we should treat the problems at their source. As PM Orbán said, “If we truly want to help, then we must take help there instead of bringing the problems here.”