U.S. Representative Gus Bilirakis, a Republican from Florida, issued a stern statement regarding the crisis which ensued after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan opened his country’s borders with Greece.
“Turkey’s actions to open its borders and allow the unmitigated flow of refugees to Greece in disproportionate numbers is creating an untenable situation and must be immediately stopped,” Bilirakis said in a statement from his office.
Bilirakis reiterated the point that Erdogan is using migrants and refugees against Greece and the European Union. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis made similar remarks during a press conference from the Greek border on Tuesday.
“Greeks, known for their ‘filoxenia,’ have shown incredible compassion and humanity for refugees throughout history and more recently with those fleeing war and tyranny,” Bilirakis said. “However, when Greece’s very own security is threatened, it has no choice but to say enough is enough!”
“The EU must provide immediate border security to stop the influx of refugees and an infrastructure to immediately process refugees currently languishing in camps within Greece,” Bilirakis said. “For the stability of the region and with respect to fundamental principles of fairness, these refugees must be fairly managed. I know the Trump Administration will stand with Greece and help restore order to ensure Greece’s sovereignty.”
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