Republican Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas is calling for the deportation all foreign nationals who support terror group Hamas following their deadly attack against Israel.
Cotton wrote in a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas:
“I write to urge you to immediately deport any foreign national—including and especially any alien on a student visa—that has expressed support for Hamas and its murderous attacks on Israel.”
“Federal law is clear that any alien who ‘endorses or espouses terrorist activity or persuades others to endorse or espouse terrorist activity or support a terrorist organization’ is inadmissible and must be deported,” the senator wrote.
Hamas terrorists slaughtered Israelis, including women and children.
Some Harvard student groups said Israel should be held responsible for the massacre.
“We … hold the Israeli regime entirely responsible for all unfolding violence,” they said in a statement.
Tom Cotton said foreign students who “signed onto or shared approvingly the anti-Semitic letter” supporting Hamas should face deportation.
“The appalling explosion of anti-Semitism in the United States over the past few weeks should disturb anyone who shares American values,” Cotton said.
“While American citizens may have a First Amendment right to speak disgusting vitriol if they so choose, no foreign national has a right to advocate for terrorism in the United States.”
Cotton also opposes sending aid to Gaza, arguing that such assistance would serve to bolster Hamas.
“The reality is because Hamas is in control, letting aid into Gaza is resupplying Hamas,” the lawmaker tweeted.
“In the long run, the best way to aid the Palestinian people is for Hamas to be completely destroyed.”
Meanwhile, some Democratic lawmakers are pressuring Biden to call for a ceasefire.
“Demanding a cease-fire is calling for Hamas to get away with massacring Israelis and Americans. It’s the pro-Hamas position,” Cotton has tweeted.
Demanding a cease-fire is calling for Hamas to get away with massacring Israelis and Americans.— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) October 16, 2023
It's the pro-Hamas position.
On Monday, former President Donald Trump said he would reinstate and expand a travel ban on people from predominantly Muslim countries following the Hamas attacks.
As CNN reported:
During a campaign event in Clive, Iowa, Trump pointed to the deadly attacks by Hamas in Israel and raised fears about a potential assault on the US as he sought to make the case for his hard-line immigration policies.
“We have to protect our own country,” Trump said.
“If you empathize with radical Islamic terrorists and extremists, you’re disqualified,” he said.
“If you want to abolish the State of Israel, you’re disqualified.”
“If you support Hamas or any ideology that’s having to do with that or any of the other really sick thoughts that go through people’s minds — very dangerous thoughts — you’re disqualified.”
On Tuesday, French President Emmanuel Macron called for the deportation of all migrants with ties to Islamic extremism.
Macron wants the state to be “implacable against all those who support hatred and terrorist ideologies,” an adviser reportedly told French media.
French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin has reportedly also instructed authorities to pay particular attention to young people from the Caucasus.
The news comes after reports of a massive blast rocked a Gaza City hospital on Tuesday, killing hundreds of people.
Hamas blamed Israel for the airstrike, but the Israeli military said other Palestinian militants misfired the rocket.
At least 500 people were killed.