In the midst of the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Rep. Jamaal Bowman’s (D-NY) call for the United States to welcome Palestinian refugees has sparked debate and concerns among Republican lawmakers.
“Fifty percent of the population in Gaza are children. The international community as well as the United States should be prepared to welcome refugees from Palestine while being very careful to vet and not allow members of Hamas,” the Congressman stated during an interview with the New York Post..
Translation: Jamaal, the terrorist sympathizer, wants more terrorists here. https://t.co/BuXDdkMtwP
— Carl Gottlieb (@c_cgottlieb) October 15, 2023
Bowman’s plea comes at a time when the Gaza Strip is witnessing a massive exodus, with over 400,000 Gazans fleeing their homes in response to Israel’s warnings and the devastating attacks by Hamas, an Islamist terror group.
While expressing compassion for the dire situation, conservative legislators have raised several points of contention. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio emphasized that the United States is known for its generosity but argued that accepting additional refugees from a region with a high terrorism risk could pose challenges, especially considering existing border security issues.
Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) echoed this sentiment, emphasizing the need to prioritize the rescue of American hostages and support for Israel’s defense against Iran-backed Hamas. For Sen. Scott, diverting resources to refugee resettlement should not detract from these critical efforts.
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AK) took a different approach, holding Iran accountable for the conflict and its consequences. Cotton argued that since Iran supports Hamas, it should take responsibility for Palestinian refugees, as it is, in his view, responsible for the death and destruction in the region.
Meanwhile, the White House has refrained from taking a definitive stance on accepting Palestinian refugees. Instead, it continues to provide support to Palestinian refugees through the United Nations. The U.S. also maintains a global refugee resettlement program in partnership with the UN Refugee Agency.