Rubio: Deport Non-Americans Who Participated In Pro-Hamas Riots
Senator Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida and ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, during a hearing in Washington, DC, US, on Wednesday, March 8, 2023.
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Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) called for the deportation of non-Americans who have participated in pro-Hamas “riots” across the nation.

Rubio was joined by Texas GOP Rep. August Pfluger II, a retired military officer, in his opinion piece in which he discussed the limits of free speech.

“The First Amendment guarantees every American the right to free speech, but no one has the right to destroy private property, trespass illegally, or attack innocent people,” Rubio and Pfluger wrote. “This is why college administrators are justified in disbanding anti-Israel protests-turned-riots by force. We can and should, however, go one step further: we should deport the non-Americans who have participated in these riots.”

“Existing law already prohibits any foreigner who ‘endorses or espouses terrorist activity’ from entering the country,” they noted, adding, “Why would any sane government allow terrorist sympathizers into the country it’s elected to protect? After all, there is no universal right to come to America, and that privilege should certainly not be extended to those who desire the overthrow of our entire system.”

“Nor do visitors have the right to stay in America if they violate the terms of their visas,” they continued. “Far from it, the U.S. government can and should remove such visitors. The law is clear on this point, as the U.S. Department of State confirmed last year.”

They slammed the Biden administration, writing, “Unfortunately, the Biden administration won’t act. Whether that is out of fear of litigation, political backlash, or both, it doesn’t matter: The government has an obligation to protect us.”

“As lawmakers, we cannot force the president’s hand on this, but we can remove any legal ambiguity surrounding the question of deportation,” they stated. “Our bicameral Terrorist Inadmissibility Codification Act would do just that, explicitly revoking the visas of foreign visitors who support Hamas, Hezbollah, ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Palestine Islamic Jihad, or any related group. This measure deserves bipartisan approval. No one, Republican or Democrat, should want to privilege people who celebrate indiscriminate violence against the United States and its allies.”

Noting that “progressive Democrats in Congress have blocked the legislation’s passage,” the authors point out, “Today, a majority of Democrats oppose Israel’s actions in Gaza. A smaller but incredibly active portion of the party supports Hamas and its backers in Tehran, in spite of or even because of their unprovoked slaughter, rape, and kidnapping of hundreds of innocent civilians, including more than 40 Americans, on Oct. 7, 2023. These fanatics are instructing activists and students to chant ‘Death to America’ and ‘Burn Tel Aviv to the Ground.’ They’re also pressuring U.S. policymakers to be derelict in their duty.”


“The more we cave to the pro-Hamas movement’s implicit or explicit threats, the more its power and influence will expand,” they state. “In contrast, empowering the U.S. government to deport foreign pro-Hamas and anti-American protesters would send a clear message that far-left bullies remain subject to the law.”

The authors cite Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray declaring that the war in Gaza has brought the danger of terrorism in the United States to a “whole other level.”

“At such a moment, we must remember that our number-one responsibility is to protect American lives from harm. We have no responsibility whatsoever to let terrorist supporters live inside our borders,” they state.

“Laws are being broken. The public peace is under siege. Worst of all, Americans are being made to fear for their lives and livelihoods just for being Jewish. We should have never allowed things to reach this point. The least we can do now is hold foreign offenders accountable,” they conclude.

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