Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has submitted a “Stop Soros” bill to the Hungarian Parliament, targeting individuals and organisations that help economic migrants enter the country illegally.
Should it be turned into law, a new custodial sentence ranging from five to 90 days will be open to the Hungarian judiciary and, importantly, it will deliver on a key campaign promise to deter illegal immigration.
George Soros is a pariah in his country of birth. Orban pulled no punches during the election with his Fidesz party displaying numerous billboards attacking the 87-year-old hedge fund billionaire. Campaign imagery depicted a smiling Soros with the slogan: “Don’t let Soros have the last laugh.” Others depicted a long line of migrants hiking through the countryside with the banner “STOP!” – photography also made popular by Nigel Farage and UKIP during the UK’s EU referendum.
In a 2015 radio interview, Orban said about Soros: “His name is perhaps the strongest example of those who support anything that weakens nation states.
“They support everything that changes the traditional European lifestyle.”
Speaking about the non-governmental organisations (NGO’s) supported by Soros’ various donations, Orban added: “These activists who support immigrants inadvertently become part of this international human-smuggling network.”
In fact, Ambrogio Cartosio, chief prosecutor of the western Sicilian city of Trapani, accused NGO’s of this very crime last May.
“We understand that NGO’s made some rescues at sea without informing the Coast Guard,” he is quoted as saying.
Soros has spent over $500m helping migrants reach Europe. He is allegedly linked to several organisations operating a fleet of ships in the Mediterranean. NGO’s such as the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS), which operates the ships Topaz Responder and the Phoenix. He is also linked to other NGO’s operating the Bourbon Argos, the Aquarius and the Astral ships.
These ships are working around the clock delivering migrants from North Africa to Italy and were dubbed a “taxi service” by the EU border agency Frontex.
Soros is also linked to a group called WatchTheMed, who have produced a handbook for migrants which contains maps, phone numbers and advice about getting across Europe.
Following Orban’s re-election for a fourth term, Soros closed the Budapest office of his Open Society Foundation citing the Hungarian government’s “repressive” policies. The office is relocating to Germany, one of the most welcoming countries for non-EU migration taking in over a million migrants over the last two years alone.
Italy follows Orban in fighting back
Italy is following Orban and Hungary with its own fightback against Soros. Matteo Salvini, the head of Lega Party and deputy prime minister, said last week: “I consider it shameful that a speculator without scruples like Soros was invited to talk in Italy.”
He also had a message for illegal immigrants: “Pack your bags.”
Salvini has vowed to cut aid money for migrants and to deport those who illegally are in the country. A 39-page plan promises to crack down on illegal immigration and deport up to 500,000 illegal immigrants.
Speaking at a rally in Vicenza on June 2, Salvini said: “The party is over for illegal immigrants.”
Soros, at a speech in Paris to the European Council on foreign relations, accused populists of exploiting the situation.
“The whole of Europe has been disrupted by the refugee crisis. Unscrupulous leaders have exploited it even in countries that have accepted hardly any refugees.
“In Hungary, Victor Orbán based his re-election campaign on falsely accusing me of planning to flood Europe, Hungary included, with Muslim refugees,” he said.
The UK has also experienced the influence of Soros
Soros has been very active in trying to prevent the United Kingdom leaving the European Union.
He funded a legal challenge from Gina Miller, a staunch anti-Brexit campaigner who brought a court case against the British government over its authority to implement Brexit without approval from Parliament.
Soros also funded anti-Brexit campaign group Best for Britain, an organisation founded by Miller. On June 8 they launched a campaign to keep Britain in the EU and will publish a “roadmap to stopping Brexit.”
Far-left activists HOPE not hate, under the auspices of the “Open Society Fund to Counter Xenophobia”, is another group Soros has links with using claims of ‘Islamophobia’ and xenophobia to curb any criticism of Islam and immigration.
One of the key reasons many Britons voted to leave the European Union was to restrain the mass immigration of sub-Saharan migrants making their way across Europe and into the UK.
Britain has won the battle in securing a vote to leave the EU, but not the war in which they are still negotiating the terms of their exit. The road to leaving the EU is long. Just last week Prime Minister Theresa May indicated she will ask the European Union for a second Brexit transition period to run until 2023.
During this time, you have the likes of anti-Brexit figurehead Miller, Soros, the Lib Dems and the campaign groups such as Best for Britain trying to frustrate the democratic will of the people at every step.
The government has already adopted a defeatist stance and has made a number of concessions in its negotiation with the EU. It lacks any confidence in the strengths of Britain’s negotiating position.
Candace Owens rose to notoriety recently when she discussed “victim mentality versus victor mentality”.
Rather than the current defeatist, victim mentality of appeasement and capitulation we see from Theresa May, perhaps Britain needs to adopt the “Viktor mentality” and like Viktor Orban, finally curb the influence of George Soros and take a firmer stance as we leave the EU.
Winston Churchill’s first speech as Prime Minister was in House of Commons on 13 May 1940. He said this: “Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival.”
We need a Churchill, or a Viktor.
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