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Senator Cotton urges DHS to deport foreign nationals who support Hamas: ‘No place in the United States’


Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., calls on the Department of Homeland Security to expel foreign nationals, including people in the United States on student visas, who have expressed support for Hamas terrorist attacks against Israel.

In a letter sent Monday to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Cotton asked the department to take immediate action to expel foreign nationals, who the Republican lawmaker said have “no place” in the United States.

“I am writing to urge you to immediately expel any foreign national, including and particularly any foreigner on a student visa, who has expressed support for Hamas and its murderous attacks against Israel. These fifth columnists have not their place in the United States,” Cotton said. wrote.

More than 4,200 people have been killed in Gaza and Israel since Hamas launched its October 7 attack on the Jewish state, drawing retaliation from Israeli forces. Thousands more were injured and many more were taken hostage by Hamas and raped, tortured and murdered.


Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., is calling on the Department of Homeland Security to expel foreign nationals, including people in the United States on student visas, who have expressed support for the attack on Hamas against Israel. (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

“Federal law is clear: any alien who ‘endorses or supports terrorist activity or persuades others to approve or espouse terrorist activity or support a terrorist organization’ is inadmissible and must be deported,” he said. -he continued.

The letter comes after at least several dozen pro-Palestinian student groups at various colleges and universities across the country issued statements and held protests supporting Hamas’ attack on Israel, even as many universities they themselves condemned acts of terrorism.

Shortly after the October 7 attack, Harvard Palestine Solidarity groups released a statement signed by approximately 30 student organizations that read: “We, the undersigned student organizations, hold the Israeli regime fully responsible for all the violence that takes place. »

The chapters of Students for Justice in Palestine and other pro-Palestinian student groups at many other universities, including George Washington University, the University of Virginia, and the University of California at Berkley, have also published similar statements on the weekend of Hamas’ surprise attack.


Senator Tom Cotton

In a letter to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Cotton demanded that immediate action be taken to deport all foreign nationals who have expressed support for Hamas. (Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

Harvard’s Palestine solidarity groups’ statement was later removed after student organizations began withdrawing their signatures amid a bipartisan backlash and some CEOs demanded the names of the students who had signed it.

“Promptly expelling and permanently barring future readmission of any international student who signed or approvingly shared the Harvard Palestine Solidarity Committee’s anti-Semitic letter on October 7 would be a good place to start,” Cotton told Mayorkas in his letter .


Many other pro-Palestinian student groups at institutions across the United States continue to post their statements online and continue to participate in protests celebrating the Hamas attack.

“The appalling explosion of anti-Semitism in the United States in recent weeks should worry anyone who shares American values,” Cotton wrote. “While U.S. citizens may have the right under the First Amendment to make disgusting remarks if they choose, no foreign national has the right to advocate terrorism in the United States.”



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