Hungary declared a state of emergency today (September 15, 2015) in two southern counties, as new laws to prevent migrants and refugees from illegally entering the country went into effect, according to the USA Today website.
Government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs said the decision -- which gives special powers to police and other authorities -- was made at a Cabinet meeting today.
The state of emergency allows the army to be deployed to patrol the borders and assist police in dealing with refugees.
From midnight today, it became a criminal offense to cross or damage a 13-foot razor-wire fence on Hungary's border with Serbia. Police also sealed a key crossing on a railway track that was used by tens of thousands of refugees -- most of them from war-torn Syria.