GAZA: 1 Million Potential Refugees, Some Heading to the United States?

Posted by on October 15, 2023 3:04 am

With the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict, projections estimate around 1 million refugees may flee the Gaza Strip.

Some U.S. lawmakers argue the United States should accept them.

“No, there is no debate. The answer is no. There are numerous wealthy Arab Muslim countries nearby where the Gaza refugees are much more likely to culturally fit in successfully. It is 10x cheaper to have a refugee stay in the region rather than fly them all over the world and go on permanent welfare benefits in Europe or the USA,” Wall Street Silver stated.

“If America were to accept any Gaza refugees, it would be an unmitigated catastrophe. Look at what happened to Europe. There are plenty of Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East that can take them. Let the locals figure out their regional conflict,” The Columbia Bugle commented.

“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,” said Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY), according to the New York Post.

Republican lawmakers asserted their opposition to the proposal.

Per the New York Post:

Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rick Scott (R-Fla.) said they would oppose Palestinian resettlement efforts here.

“The U.S. is the most generous nation in the world, but we are in no position to accept additional refugees, especially from a region with as high a risk of terrorism, given our nation’s inability to secure our own border or vet those who are already here,” Rubio told The Post.

Scott added that “the entire focus of the United States right now should be on rescuing American hostages, and making sure that Israel has every resource needed to defeat Iran backed-Hamas and defend its homeland.”

Cotton said “Iran should take responsibility for any Palestinian refugees caused by its proxy . . . war with Israel. Iran is responsible for the death and destruction — it should be responsible for refugees as well.”

The White House repeatedly refused to say whether it would be open to accepting refugees from the conflict.

House Republicans plan to introduce legislation to ban Palestinian refugees from being resettled in the United States.

Breitbart reports:

The bill, exclusively shared with Breitbart News ahead of its introduction, is titled the “Guaranteeing Aggressors Zero Admission Act” or the GAZA Act. The legislation would prevent Biden’s administration from issuing visas to those with Palestinian Authority passports.

“Following the horrific attack by Iranian-backed Hamas terrorists on innocent Israeli civilians, the last thing America ought to do is trust identity documents issued by the radicals that oversee these territories,” Tiffany said in a statement. “We need to put our security at home first and that starts by closing the door to bad actors who might be seeking to enter our country.”

Likewise, the bill would prevent Biden’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from funneling Palestinians into the U.S. through the agency’s parole pipeline.

“At a time when the threat of terrorism is not only grotesquely on display but being encouraged and justified, it is critical that we do our best to ensure the security of our nation,” Ogles said.