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Hungary Approves Immigration Crackdown as Orban Ignores EU Alarm

  • Law imposes jail term on those seen as helping immigration
  • Orban defies EPP, which threatened to expel his party
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Hungarian lawmakers approved a law cracking down on immigration, a show of defiance by Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who’s ignored threats from his European allies of being expelled from their political group.

Parliament passed a law Wednesday that imposes jail terms of up to a year on anyone deemed to be helping immigrants enter the landlocked European Union country of 10 million people. Legislators also passed a constitutional amendment removing the Supreme Court’s oversight over public administration courts, which critics say is a further step at extending Orban’s influence over the judiciary.