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H.R. 4197 (110th): To prevent the admission of any member or leader of the Magyar Garda into the United States, and for other purposes.

The text of the bill below is as of Nov 15, 2007 (Introduced).



1st Session

H. R. 4197


November 15, 2007

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


To prevent the admission of any member or leader of the Magyar Garda into the United States, and for other purposes.



The Congress finds the following:


In August 2007, Gabor Vona, President of JOBBIK, the Right-Wing Youth Community Party, announced plans to establish a a new paramilitary organization, the Hungarian Guard, or Magyar Garda, with an aim to provide physical and intellectual defense for Hungarians.


Jewish groups in Hungary have raised concerns of rising anti-Semitism, expressing particular concern about the Magyar Garda’s use of symbols linked to the Arrow Cross party that collaborated with the Nazis in World War II.


The fascist Arrow Cross regime was responsible for the deportation of some 450,000 Hungarian Jews to Nazi death camps where many died in the Holocaust.


The World Jewish Congress has called on the Hungarian Government to act against the Magyar Garda.


On August 25, 2007, 56 members of the Magyar Garda were sworn in during a ceremony in Budapest’s historic castle district.


On October 26, 2007, 600 new members were inducted into the Magyar Garda at Hero’s Square in Budapest before a crowd of 2500. The new members were wearing the Garda’s uniforms that are reminiscent of those worn by Arrow Cross members.


The Magyar Garda has announced its intention to rescue Hungarians, preserve Hungary for Hungarians, and train its members to use firearms and weaponry.


Preventing entry of Magyar Garda participants


In general

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a consular officer shall deny all classes of immigrant and nonimmigrant visas to, and the Secretary of Homeland Security shall deny admission into the United States to, any alien who the Secretary of State determines is or was—


a former or present leader of the Magyar Garda;


a present member of the Magyar Garda; or


a member of the immediate family of an individual described in paragraph (1) or (2).



The President may waive the application of subsection (a) on a case-by-case basis only if the President determines and certifies in writing to the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Committee on the Judiciary of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Foreign Relations and the Committee on the Judiciary of the Senate that the admission of a specified alien is in the national interests of the United States.