Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis sent a clear message to foreign students celebrating terrorism — and not on his watch.
Just hours after Hamas terrorists’ deadly and unprecedented surprise attack on Israel, U.S. students marched on campuses across the country in solidarity with Palestine. The pro-Palestine demonstrations arrived before Israel struck back.
An NYU student was caught tearing down posters of Israelis kidnapped by Hamas.
More than 30 student-led organizations at Harvard blamed Israel for the surprise attack by Hamas terrorists earlier this month.
Protests continued in the two weeks after the attack, in which about 260 young Israelis were murdered at a music festival near the Gaza border.
DeSantis promised to cancel visas and deport foreign students who celebrate terrorist attacks or terrorist groups.
“If I am president and there are foreign students out there celebrating terrorism, I will cancel their visas and send them home.” DeSantis wrote about the social media platform on Saturday.
After speaking at a campaign rally in Iowa on Friday, DeSantis reiterated his stance against foreigners celebrating terrorism in the United States.
“When the blood of the murdered Israelis had not even dried, people in America were demonstrating for Hamas,” DeSantis said said. “And that is very frightening. Some of these people are not US citizens, they are on student visas. So if you, as president, are on a student visa and you’re a foreigner and you’re out there celebrating terrorism, then I’m… “Cancel your visa and send you home.”
Former President Donald Trump responded by posting a strongly worded message on Truth Social. .
“What happened in Israel was barbaric!” Trump continued TRUTH Social earlier this month. “Now American universities allow or enable open hatred of Israel and America! Instead of educating our young Americans, deans stand by while subversive groups demand a National Day of Resistance.”
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) called on the Biden administration to revoke visas for foreigners who support Hamas.
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) urged the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to deport foreign nationals — including those on student visas — who showed support for Hamas after the terrorist attack on Israel.
More than 5,700 people have been killed in Gaza and Israel since Hamas’ terrorist attacks against Israel on October 7, which led to retaliation by the IDF.
Last week, a plane landed with 270 Americans stranded in Israel. DeSantis signed one supreme command to allow the state of Florida to “conduct logistics, rescue and evacuation operations to ensure the safety of its residents” and to provide resources to the Florida Division of Emergency Management to bring Americans home.
DeSantis had previously promised not to accept Palestinian refugees from Gaza.
“I do not know what [President] Biden will do it, but we cannot accept people from Gaza into this country as refugees. “I’m not going to do that,” DeSantis said at a campaign event earlier this month.
“If you look at how they behave, not all of them are Hamas, but they are all anti-Semitic. None of them believe in Israel’s right to exist,” DeSantis added.
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