Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) urged that foreign nationals who have shown support for Hamas be deported by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in response to the terrorist organization’s vicious attack on Israel a couple of weeks ago.
This past week, Cotton wrote a message to Alejandro Mayorkas, the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security asking him to follow federal law, which says that foreigners can be deported if they are believed to support or encourage terrorist action.
“I am writing to implore you to deport without delay any foreign individual who has shown support for Hamas and its heinous attacks on Israel, particularly those who are here on a student visa.” Fox News reported that Cotton said, “These fifth-columnists have absolutely no place here in the United States.”
“According to federal law, any foreigner who endorses or espouses terrorist activity or deliberately encourages others to promote or espouse terrorist action or back a terrorist group is not allowed to stay in the United States and must be sent back,” the senator said.
Following Hamas’ attack on Israel on October 7 that killed over 1,400 people, thousands of people took to the streets in the U.S. to show their loyalty for the Palestinians and condemnation of Israel. Many lawmakers were alarmed when dozens of student organizations and teachers at American colleges spoke out in support of the Palestinians and also downplayed Hamas’s terrorism following the attack.
The Harvard Palestine Solidarity Committee was one of those groups. It got about 30 additional student organizations at the prestigious college to sign their names to a statement that placed the blame on Israel for the violence and crimes that Hamas did in its terrorist attack on the Jewish state.
In his letter to Mayorkas, Cotton said, “A good place to start would be to quickly remove and permanently bar from later reentry any foreign pupil who endorsed or circulated the anti-Semitic letter submitted by the Harvard Palestine Solidarity Committee on Oct. 7.”
Cotton called last week’s marches and protests by anti-Israel activists “appalling explosions of anti-Semitism.” There were big ones in NY City, DC, Atlanta, as well as Dearborn, Michigan. Anti-Israel protesters met in New York and LA this past week, on the very day that a former Hamas leader advocated for a “day of jihad.” City and government leaders were on high alert.
Cotton wrote, “The horrible rise in anti-Semitism in the U.S. over the last few weeks should worry everyone who shares American values. Americans may have the right under the First Amendment to spew disgusting hate speech if they want to, but no foreigner has the right to support terrorism in the United States.”