According to former President Ronald Reagan, “A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation.”
But today, some people in power seem to disagree with that sentiment, posing a serious risk to the safety of citizens.
And now the EU’s head border chief just made some extremely unhinged statements regarding illegal immigration in Europe and why borders just don’t matter.
Border chief supports open borders
The battle over the border is a major issue in the United States, but it’s also a serious source of concern for those living in Europe.
However, according to the head of the European Union’s Frontex border agency, there is no way that Europe can stop illegal aliens from coming into its countries, so the EU should shift to an open borders approach.
Hans Leijtens, the Executive Director of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex), said some shocking things in an interview with Welt am Sonntag, a German Newspaper.
Leijtens was quoted, “Nothing can stop people from crossing a border; no wall, no fence, no sea, no river.”
The Frontex chief has a budget of nearly 900 million euros, and his job is to help protect Europe from illegals coming into different areas of the EU.
But the chief thinks differently, saying there should be “an end to this superficial preoccupation with the issue” and people should stop participating in “alarmism” over the massive influx of illegals, many of whom go through very minimal security screening.
Rather than focusing on stopping illegal aliens (which is his job), Leijtens says his goal is to try and change the debate on illegal immigration to being less prejudicial and more humane.
“Who am I to presume to condemn migrants? I’m sitting here in my office in Warsaw, of course I could do that – but that would be too easy. This talk of ‘stopping people’ and ‘closing borders’ cannot be our narrative all the time. My job is to create a balance between effective border management and compliance with fundamental rights,” he said.
Recently passed reforms on the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) say that instead of allowing illegals into Europe to get their claims processed, they should have them assessed at external borders, and if the claim is rejected, they should be deported immediately.
But the new reform goes against everything that Leijtens is saying regarding his opinion on open borders.
Before he took office, Leijtens said Frontex would not conduct migrant “pushbacks,” saying, “Pushbacks, and of course I’m responsible for Frontex operations by Frontex officers, are not legal as they should be, well, they are forbidden. So, I’m responsible for the fact that my people don’t participate in anything called a pushback. I think that is absolutely clear. That’s the legal framework I work in.”
Serious threats loom for Europe
As Leitjens pushes for open borders, governments are operating throughout Europe that want to clamp down on the problem by ramping up deportations.
Countries like France, Germany, Belgium, and Sweden are looking for new ways to handle the problem after terror attacks in France and Belgium took place following the October 7 Hamas terror attacks on Israel.
The upcoming European Parliament Elections in June will be a flashpoint as many anti-mass migration parties are expected to make major gains thanks to growing resentment among citizens over the EU’s lax border policies.
Despite Lietjens’ opinion that it’s impossible to stop illegal migration, some countries have been successful already.
Poland has cut the number of attempted crossings of its borders nearly in half after it erected borders in 2021, with the numbers down from 40,000 to 25,000 last year.
Anna Michalska, Spokeswoman for the Polish Border Guard, said that a “real, physical obstacle provides a quick and precise response to attempts to cross the state border.”
Informed American will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.