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Pro-Hamas Protesters Beware: Visa Revocation Bill Arrives!

In response to the ongoing pro-Hamas protests on college campuses across the nation, Republicans in Congress are taking decisive action while President Joe Biden and college administrations appear hesitant. Rep. Andy Ogles (R-TN) introduced the Study Abroad Act, supported by Reps. Randy Weber (R-TX) and Jeff Duncan (R-SC) as co-sponsors, as reported by The Daily Caller.

The proposed legislation outlines that the “Secretary of State shall revoke the F, J, or M visa of any alien arrested for rioting or unlawful protest, or involved in promoting an encampment on a university campus since October 7, 2023.” Essentially, individuals sympathetic to Hamas would face expulsion. Ogles emphasized the need for accountability, suggesting that these individuals “can go study abroad in Gaza.”

The wave of antisemitic and anti-American riots disrupting campuses has resulted in canceled commencements and classes, prompting strong condemnation from Republican lawmakers. Ogles argued that allowing foreign students sympathetic to Hamas to disrupt higher education institutions is unacceptable, advocating for a clear message: if you incite chaos, you’ll study elsewhere. He humorously recommended Iran, Qatar, or Gaza as more suitable destinations for such individuals.

The connection to Iran is noteworthy, as reports indicate the country offering scholarships to expelled pro-Hamas students and supporting sympathetic professors. Ogles also proposed that those convicted of unlawful activities on American campuses post-October 7, 2023, should serve a minimum of six months of community service in Gaza.

Although the bill could garner bipartisan support, opposition is expected from anti-Israel factions in Congress, particularly from members like Reps. Cori Bush (D-MO), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), who have expressed solidarity with pro-Hamas protesters. This division was evident in recent incidents, such as the NYPD’s intervention at Columbia University, which drew ire from certain Democratic lawmakers.

The bill’s introduction coincides with disruptive actions by pro-Hamas groups like CODEPINK at the U.S. Capitol, disrupting hearings related to defense matters and antisemitism. This contentious environment underscores the ongoing struggle to address radical elements on college campuses and their broader impact on national discourse and security concerns.

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