Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida stated at multiple campaign events over the weekend that no Palestinians from Gaza should be permitted to pursue asylum in the United States.
The Republican presidential candidate made the remarks after Hamas, a Palestinian Islamic terrorist organization, killed over 1,300 Israelis and injured more than 3,000 others in Israel’s deadliest day in history last week.
“I don’t know what Biden’s gonna do, but we cannot accept people from Gaza into this country as refugees. I am not going to do that. 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 said.
“You don’t fly people and import them into the United States of America. So we’re going to be very strong on that. And I think about our country, you see these demonstrations supporting Hamas in the United States of America. How did we get to the point where people are out there doing that — you get reports of babies being murdered, all this other stuff — and your first instinct is to go out and praise the terrorists who perpetrated that? You have students at Harvard signing letters, praising Hamas for doing it.” he continued.
DeSantis is asked if the U.S. should play a role with Palestinian refugees.
“Arab nations should absorb anybody leaving Gaza. We cannot be absorbing people coming from Gaza to the United States of America.” pic.twitter.com/Qtn9St4seW
— DeSantis War Room 🐊 (@DeSantisWarRoom) October 14, 2023
In remarks to the press, DeSantis also reaffirmed his position that Palestinian refugees should not be allowed to enter the United States.
DeSantis also urged Hamas to stop using innocent people as human shields by preventing them from leaving Gaza during Israeli military operations.