Ruling Fidesz’s parliamentary leaders are in favour of a stricter version of the “Stop Soros” package of bills, especially its proposal to write the organisation of illegal migration into the criminal code, the party’s group leader said on Monday.
Máté Kocsis noted at a press conference that
the bill defines the promotion of illegal migration as an organised activity which illegally helps a person not in danger of persecution to submit an asylum request or to obtain a title of residence.
The penalty is 5 to 90 days imprisonment.
A sentence of a year’s imprisonment awaits anyone found guilty of financially supporting illegal migration or gaining from it financially if their activity takes place within 8km of the border.
Illegal activities include surveilling the border and soliciting, collecting or distributing data with a view to promoting illegal migration. Setting up a network to organise illegal migration is also a punishable offence, Kocsis said.
Meanwhile, Kocsis was asked to comment on press reports suggesting that Germany’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) wanted to tie Fidesz’s membership of the European People’s Party to the Venice Commission’s opinion of the “Stop Soros” bill.
The Hungarian government, accordingly, must reach an agreement with the Central European University (CEU) on the CEU’s continued operations in Budapest.
Kocsis insisted that the EPP had not given the government “any kind of ultimatum”.
He added, at the same time, that it was “completely obvious” that the EPP had come under “serious pressure” from the “Soros network”, arguing that international rights group Human Rights Watch, which he said had urged Fidesz’s expulsion from the EPP, was also funded by the “Soros network”.
“They want to remove Hungary and Fidesz” as obstacles to illegal migration, Kocsis insisted.
The government will, however, consider the Venice Commission’s opinion of the “Stop Soros” bill.
But it will not budge on its stance that Hungary does not want to become a “country of immigrants”, he added.
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