Graphic scenes out of Hungary today show thousands of migrants pushing and shoving their way into a train station, yelling and chanting “No camp! No camp!” as dozens threw their bodies onto the railroad tracks in protest of the government’s refusal to let the trains roll into central Europe and their final hoped-for destination – Germany.
The migrants, most from war-torn Syria, were forced off a train by riot police at a town 22 miles outside of Budapest, as authorities tried to take them to a holding camp instead. Many were angry after having slept in the streets of Budapest for two nights.
The Hungarian government is concerned that if it lets the migrants board trains for Germany that it will send a message of acquiescence and thereby invite more refugees to make the trek to Hungary.
The train, which earlier left Budapest’s main railway station, was halted in Bicske, where there is a migrant processing center.
Watch video clip of one family that threw itself on the train tracks in Hungary and was arrested by police:
Europe has been inundated with asylum seekers from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan over the past year and the flow of refugees just keeps getting worse, driven by war and sectarian conflict.
More than 6,000 arrived on the coast of Greece just yesterday. Italy has also been receiving several thousand per day by boat from North Africa. Others walk through Hungary hoping to catch trains into Germany, which has a strong economy and generous welfare system.
Other European countries, such as Hungary, Norway, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia have not been so welcoming.
“Essentially the Hungarians got stuck with these invaders as Germany would be willing to take them, Austria and the Slovaks/Czechs would not let the trains pass their borders, leaving Hungary stuck with them,” says Pamela Geller in her latest blog.
EU rules mandate that any refugee must stay on the soil of the EU member state where he arrived.
“But like with Obama in the U.S., the EU’s leadership is breaking its own laws and condemns those who seek to enforce them,” Geller writes. “So Hungary is racist and bigoted for wanting to process them…and not letting them pass (which they can’t as Austria blocks them) The EU then condemns Hungary as racist and bigoted for building a fence to stem this tide.”
Slovakia’s Interior Ministry spokesman recently said his country was not open to Muslim immigration and that it would only accept persecuted Christian minorities from Syria. The country has no mosques, he said, and didn’t think the Muslims would be happy there.
Protests against the “Islamization” of Europe have broken out in several countries, including Germany and Hungary, and the the protesters have been rebuked in the European media as “bigoted” and “racist” because they want only Christian refugees to be allowed into their countries.
“Syrian Christians are under threat of extinction and deserving of asylum in majority Christian countries of the West,” said Walid Shoebat, a former Palestinian Muslim terrorist-turned-Christian in his recent blog on the European crisis.
Shoebat says the European Union is “outraged” at the actions of Slovakia and other countries that have said “no” to wholesale Muslim immigration. The EU is trying to “spread the misery” and relieve some of the refugee pressure on Italy and Greece.
The European Union Commission is “livid that several Central and Eastern European countries don’t want Syrian refugees who are Muslims,” Shoebat wrote in a recent blog. “The governments of Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, and Bulgaria are firmly against the mandatory relocation of 40,000 mainly Muslim Syrians from Italy and Greece, one of the reasons the plan failed last month.”
Slovakia recently took in 200 Syrian Christians. Although a small number, that is more Christians than the United States has rescued from Syria in all of the last three years. The U.S. has only taken in 49 Christians from Syria since 2012. Of the more than 1,400 Syrians taken in by the U.S., 95 percent have been Muslim and 3.8 percent Christian.
Miliband again calls on U.S. to take 65,000 Syrians
As Europe struggles to contain its Muslim refugee crisis, international leaders in the refugee movement are urging the United States to pick up some of the slack.
The U.S. has already committed to accept up to 8,000 Syrian refugees but that’s not nearly enough, according to some of the world’s refugee brokers.
That “can only be a first step,” according to the New York City-based International Rescue Committee, which is headed by former U.K. diplomat David Miliband.
Miliband, who served as U.K. foreign secretary when the left-of-center Labor Party was in power, has repeated his earlier call for the U.S. to take in 65,000 Syrian refugees by the end of 2016. Miliband ‘s IRC issued the demand Sept. 2 on its website.
On the other side of the issue, pushback against the resettlement of Third World refugees is gaining steam in communities across the U.S., from Twin Falls, Idaho, to Fargo, North Dakota, Spartanburg, South Carolina, and St. Cloud, Minnesota, as previously reported by WND.
The Washington, D.C.-based Center for Security Policy has started an online petition that calls on governors and state legislatures across the U.S. to require local approval for all refugee resettlements.
And Rep. Brian Babin, R-Texas, introduced House Bill 3314, the Resettlement Accountability & National Security Act of 2015, which calls for a halt to all resettlements pending a full investigation into the financial impact and security risks.
Babin introduced the bill right before Congress left for August recess and is actively seeking co-sponsors even as the refugee resettlement industry is already mobilizing a lobbying campaign against the bill. The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, one of nine private resettlement agencies that gets paid with public tax dollars to resettle refugees, sent out a memorandum last week urging its supporters to contact members of Congress and tell them to reject the “fear and hate” of those who oppose the refugee program and favor of Babin’s legislation.