For some time now, Europeans have proudly lived without borders. One could go from one EU country to another without passport or checkpoints. It would be comparable to driving from Texas to Oklahoma. But, thanks to the migrant crisis, that has all changed.
Hungary has long criticized other EU states for not controlling their borders, or for having an open door policy. Hungary has been particularly critical of Germany, which has recently had to change their policy. The great migration seems to be on a downhill turn, and there is another country restricting movement.
Austrian Defense Minister Hans Peter Doskozil announced Saturday that not only would Vienna tighten border controls, but that it would also enforce them with a military presence.
“As the EU’s external borders are not yet effectively protected, Austria will soon ramp up strict border controls. That means massive border controls at the Brenner (Pass), and with soldiers,” Doskozil said.
This means that Austria will not be admitting as many migrants, who were seeking to travel through their territory to further destinations north. And this has immigration defenders throughout Europe upset.
Demonstrations by pro-migrant social centers at the Austrian Brenner border with Italy turned violent Sunday, with protesters hurling stones and flares at the Austrian police, injuring five officers, according to reports.
Some 700 protesters from Italy, Austria and Germany spent the day on Sunday at the Brenner Pass, publicly criticizing Austria’s plans to deploy soldiers at the Brenner border to deal with rising numbers of migrants trying to get to northern Europe.
The protesters wish for no borders. They have no concern for the effects that this policy has had on citizens and migrants alike. Between the threat of terror and little prospect for the migrant, the EU has paid dearly for their lack of borders.
Hopefully, it is not too late to reign in the damage.