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DeSantis says he would cancel student visas, deport foreign nationals celebrating Hamas if elected president

Republican presidential candidate and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said he would rescind student visas of foreign nationals in the U.S. and send them back to their home countries if they expressed support for Hamas terrorists’ attack against Israel.

Speaking at a campaign event in Iowa on Friday, the White House hopeful discussed his plans to remove Hamas-supporting foreign nationals attending U.S. colleges and universities from the country as many pro-Palestinian student groups at various institutions across the nation release statements and organize demonstrations endorsing Hamas’ largest attack against Israel in decades.

“You see students demonstrating in our country in favor of Hamas,” DeSantis said. “Remember, some of them are foreigners.”

DeSantis said he will be “canceling your visa, and I’m sending you home” if he wins the presidency in 2024.

DeSantis has also said he does not support accepting refugees from Gaza who wish to evacuate the violence in the region.

“I don’t know what [President] Biden’s gonna do, but we cannot accept people from Gaza into this country as refugees,” DeSantis said at a campaign event earlier this month.

“I am not going to do that,” he added. “If you look at how they behave, not all of them are Hamas, but they are all antisemitic. None of them believe in Israel’s right to exist.”

Scott and other Republicans have slammed the Biden administration’s response to Hamas attacks against Israel as well. The South Carolina senator said during a speech in Washington, D.C., earlier this month that the president has “blood on his hands.”


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