That bears a striking resemblance to proposals aggressively advocated by George Soros and his Open Society network as part of his pro-immigration agenda. He advocated openly – and many times in writing – for a permanent mechanism that would admit up to one million migrants per year into the EU. The proposals call for a centralized European agency for asylum, undermining the authority of member states to decide on immigration, and subsidies for migrants to be paid for from agriculture and cohesion funds.
‘Nonsense!’ said the deniers, ‘there’s no such thing as a plan,’ despite the overwhelming evidence of a concerted and aggressive pro-immigration advocacy and lobbying effort. For the most part, Soros-friendly media and his surrogates led the charge.
Until this week, that is. In an extensive media campaign, George Soros himself joined the debate on the future of Europe’s migration issues with an international and Hungarian media blitz.
If you were to peruse Hungarian media this week, it was difficult to miss Soros. RTL Klub, the TV channel with the largest audience share in Hungary, broadcast his video message during the evening news. In the interview, the billionaire financier says that with the results of the Hungarian national consultation on immigration due out soon, “I’m really worried concerning Hungary.”
Soon after, HírTV broadcast an interview with Csaba Csontos, a spokesman for the Hungarian branch of the Open Society Foundation, announcing that Soros is launching an extensive media “counter campaign” against the Hungarian government to tell Hungarians “about the truth.”
This week in the opposition-friendly 168óra, Soros published a piece denouncing statements in the national consultation and gave an interview to Financial Times, a trustworthy Soros-ally, on the same subject. A video campaign on social media has also been running.
Why is the national consultation misleading? It claims that according to the Soros plan, Europe is to receive one million migrants each year. Soros and his Open Society Foundation claim this is not true because – get this – while he did propose a million in 2015, he later revised it to “only 300 000.”
Well, how about zero? And instead of diminishing the powers of the nation state, as Soros advocates in his writings and in his immigration proposals, why don’t we continue to let the member states of the EU decide who gets to immigrate? And, by the way, isn’t this a matter for European citizens to decide, not billionaire U.S. financiers?
The continued denial by Soros and his surrogates that this pro-immigration agenda is being pushed in Brussels has lost credibility. Just days prior to last week’s vote in the European Parliament on revising the Dublin regulations to speed up the relocation of migrants in the EU, the Swedish MEP who proposed the resolution tweeted a photo of herself and Soros with a caption about having “a fruitful discussion.” Her name happens to appear on the leaked list of “reliable allies” to Soros causes, produced for OSF.
The EP resolution would financially pressure countries that oppose these pro-immigration policies, countries that would put the safety and well-being of their own citizens above the delusional idea of open borders.
Much is at stake for the future of Europe in the clash of these two ideas. With George Soros personally stepping into the fray this week, no one can deny that he is the chief propagator of the latter. He made it clear that as Hungary approaches parliamentary elections next year, he will save no expenses to campaign for the ideological vision he holds dear, even if he has no democratic mandate to do so.
The Hungarian government will not back down, either. We will continue to call for strong borders and strict limitations on immigration and will continue to defend the right of Hungary – and fellow EU member states – to make our own decisions about who gets to live in our countries because the future of Europe is at stake.