Migrants and refugees walk toward the Serbian border with Hungary near the Belgrade suburb of Batajnica on Oct. 4. Hundreds of migrants stranded in Serbia set off on foot on Tuesday toward the border with Hungary to protest its closure for most people trying to reach the European Union. (Darko Vojinovic/Associated Press)

Regarding the Oct. 2 front-page article “Hungary intends to stop migrants with ‘hunters’ near border wall”:

Hungary’s civilian border patrol — to call them “hunters” is an incorrect translation — provides additional protection on what has become one of Europe’s most sensitive frontiers in the struggle against illegal immigration and human trafficking. The Western Balkan migration route, and specifically Hungary’s southern border, became the busiest transit route for illegal immigration into the European Union in 2015, according to the European Union’s border protection agency, Frontex. Yet Hungary is supposedly “instilling . . . fear” and “mainstreaming racism.”

The article failed to mention that last year, before the border fence was built, the Islamic State exploited the porous borders into the European Union.

If anyone would like a glimpse at a “world where the build-a-wall mentality to keep migrants out rules the land,” the United States’ southern border, which is reinforced in several places by a wall and other barriers, is a good place to start.

Zoltán Kovács, Budapest

The writer is the spokesman for the
Hungarian government.