Republicans Propose Bill Sending Pro-Hamas Activists to Gaza

Rep. Any Ogles (R-TN) introduced a bill that would send individuals convicted for illegal activities on college campuses to Gaza for a six-month community service sentence.

The “Antisemitism Community Service Act,” supported by Reps. Randy Weber (R-TX) and Jeff Duncan (R-SC), reads, “Any person convicted of unlawful activity on the campus of an institution of higher education beginning on and after October 7, 2023, shall be assigned to Gaza for the purpose of providing community service (…) for a period not fewer than six months.”

Ogles told Fox News Digital that “students have abandoned their classes to harass other students and disrupt campus-wide activities, including university commencement ceremonies nationwide. Enough is enough.”

“That’s why I introduced legislation to send any person convicted of unlawful activity on the campus of an American university since Oct. 7, 2023, to Gaza to complete a minimum of six months of community service.”

Weber said those who take part in unlawful activities should “get a taste of [their] own medicine.”

“I am going to bet that these pro-Hamas supporters wouldn’t last a day, but let’s give them the opportunity,” he noted.

Other Republicans have called for non-American students participating in pro-Hamas protests to be deported.

In an opinion piece for the Washington Times, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Representative August Pfluger (R-TX) asked, “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 wrote. “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.”

“The more we cave to the pro-Hamas movement’s implicit or explicit threats, the more its power and influence will expand,” the Republicans added. “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.”

“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 concluded.

Rubio also sent a letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and to U.S. Department of State Secretary Antony Blinken, demanding they enforce U.S. law deporting terrorist sympathizers.

“For those international students who defied university orders, and police instruction, in favor of acting on pro-terrorist views, this should result in immediate expulsion from their host institution and our generous country. No questions asked,” Rubio wrote, adding, “Let me be clear: espousing support for a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization is grounds for the termination of a visa and immediate removal from our country. As pro-terrorist protesters continue to be arrested, I urge you to ensure those who are in our country on visas are placed into expedited deportation proceedings.”