Tom Cotton: ‘Immediately Deport’ Them

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( – Republican U.S. Senator Tom Cotton from Arkansas has formally contacted the Department of Homeland Security’s Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. In his letter, Cotton demanded the department take action against foreign nationals, especially those holding student visas, who have publicly supported the terrorist group Hamas in the wake of recent attacks on Israel.

Cotton stated, “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.”

He underscored the explicitness of the federal law on the matter, emphasizing that any foreign national endorsing, promoting, or showing support for any form of terrorist activity is not only inadmissible but is also legally required to be deported.

He continued, citing an example that could be a starting point for such deportations: “Swiftly removing and permanently barring from future reentry any foreign student who signed onto or shared approvingly the anti-Semitic letter from the Harvard Palestine Solidarity Committee on October 7 would be a good place to start,” Cotton elaborated in his letter.

The context of this request can be traced back to the widespread student activism seen across the U.S., where several have wrongfully blamed Israel despite the attacks being initiated by Hamas. Harvard University, in particular, came under the spotlight when more than 30 student groups signed a letter accusing Israel of being the instigator behind the terrorist attacks.

Senator Cotton expressed his deep concerns about the rising tide of anti-Semitism in the U.S., stating, “The appalling explosion of anti-Semitism in the United States over the past few weeks should disturb anyone who shares American values.”

He also distinguished between the rights of American citizens and foreign nationals. While the former has the First Amendment right to freedom of speech, Cotton asserted, “no foreign national has a right to advocate for terrorism in the United States.”

Simultaneously, multiple yet deplorable demonstrations in solidarity with Hamas have sprouted across the U.S. To date, the violent confrontations initiated by Hamas in Israel have resulted in the tragic loss of over 1,200 Israeli lives, encompassing both women and children. This conflict has also taken the lives of at least 30 Americans.