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Socialists criticize border police units

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Socialist immigration expert Richárd Barabás told the press that plans to set up border police units to guard the fence being built along the Serbian border show a "complete lack of goodwill" and may go against the Geneva convention, according to reports today, while deputy leader Bertalan Tóth said these units expose the governmentʼs realization that the fence is ineffective. He called the fence part of a "very costly political circus."

The "illegal border fence," Tóth told the media, will cost Hungarian taxpayers HUF 22 bln, while Barabás said Hungarians will also have to foot the bill if the European Court of Justice in Strasbourg punishes Hungary for violating the Geneva Convention.

Considering the fenceʼs ineffectiveness, Barabás said that, if Prime Minister Viktor Orbán truly wanted to solve the migration issue he should lobby for joint European action. Tóth also told the media that the Socialists submitted a proposal to strengthen border control and introduce stricter regulations to fight human smugglers months ago.

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