As Hamas sympathizers shouted their support at college rallies across the nation, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis made clear how his presidency would handle foreign nationals with dangerous allegiances.
The Republican statesman seeking the White House in 2024 has stood out among the pack of primary hopefuls on the issue of Israel, including getting ahead of the current administration on safely returning Americans stranded in the Middle East after the Oct. 7 terror attack.
This past week, as university students like those at Harvard doubled down on disdain for citizens of Israel, whom many had blamed for the brutal slaughter of more than 1,400 men, women and children, DeSantis indicated that under his leadership, any of those students that were foreign nationals here on visas would be quickly sent packing.
“When the blood wasn’t even dry on the Israelis who had been massacred, you had people in America going out protesting in favor of Hamas! And that’s, like, very chilling,” expressed the governor while speaking at an event in Iowa Saturday.
When I’m President, if foreign students are out there celebrating terrorism, I will cancel their visas and send them home. pic.twitter.com/BPcVls2w7e
— Ron DeSantis (@RonDeSantis) October 21, 2023
“Some of these people are not U.S. citizens; they’re student visas,” he pointed out before making clear, “So, as president, if you’re on a student visa and you’re a foreigner and you’re out there celebrating terrorism, I’m canceling your visa and I’m sending you home.”
The sentiment was hardly a passing remark from DeSantis who had repeated similar statements throughout the week, including while launching his national Veterans Coalition from an event held Thursday in Anderson, South Carolina.
Additionally, the governor had joined “The Megyn Kelly Show” on SiriusXM and spoke with the eponymous host about the matter of blacklisting sympathizers and refusing to admit refugees from Gaza into the United States.
“What the hell is going on in American universities nowadays?” DeSantis, himself a graduate of Harvard Law School, had asked during the program.
Having made a name for himself as an unrelenting culture warrior, DeSantis had kicked a hornet’s nest even among moderates of the party on the matter of aiding the displaced.
“We cannot accept people from Gaza into this country as refugees. I am not gonna do that,” he had said at a different stop in Iowa the week prior. “If you look at how they behave, not all of ’em are Hamas, but they are all anti-Semitic, None of them believe in Israel’s right to exist.”
While fellow Republican primary candidate former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley had contrasted DeSantis on that matter of refugees, others shared his viewpoint and agreed with him on deporting foreign nationals as well.
Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton (R) had submitted a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas that pointedly said, “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. These fifth-columnists have no place in the United States.”
— BPR based (@DumpstrFireNews) October 18, 2023
One-time presidential hopeful, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R) expressed the same while current candidate, South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott (R) attended the same Iowa event as the governor and said if he were to win the White House he would withhold Pell Grants from institutions at the sheltered anti-Semitism on their campuses.
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