In the wake of the horrific terror attack on Israel by Hamas, former President Donald Trump has expressed support for adding the Gaza Strip to his travel ban — advocating for barring the U.S. from taking in refugees from the area.
During a Monday evening speech in Iowa, Trump announced that his potential second term would include an expansion of his “wildly successful” travel ban for “terror-plagued countries, territories, and places” — which was falsely described as the “Muslim ban” despite including non-Muslim countries.
President Trump: "I will immediately reinstate and expand the wildly successful Trump Travel Ban on entry from terror-plagued countries, territories, and places." pic.twitter.com/TnGM7083O4
— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) October 16, 2023
“We aren’t bringing in anyone from Gaza, Syria, Somalia, Yemen or Libya — or anywhere else that threatens our security,” Trump later added.
President Donald Trump: "We aren't bringing in anyone from Gaza, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, or Libya, or anywhere else that threatens our security." pic.twitter.com/t1iELmituM
— MAGA War Room (@MAGAIncWarRoom) October 16, 2023
The Republican presidential frontrunner also promised to “cut off every penny of money we send to the Palestinians and the terrorists on day one” — while vowing to stand with Israel in its war to eliminate Hamas.
“When I’m back in the Oval Office, we will cut off every penny of money we send to the Palestinians and the terrorists on DAY ONE.” — President Trump in Clive, Iowa pic.twitter.com/qPcDzJoeti
— RSBN 🇺🇸 (@RSBNetwork) October 16, 2023
Trump then advocated for revoking “the student visas of radical anti-American and antisemitic foreigners at our colleges and universities” and stated that he would “proactively send” Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents “to pro-Jihadist demonstrations to enforce our immigration laws and remove the violators from our country.”
The former president’s promises follow similar statements from other GOP lawmakers and Republican presidential candidates — including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R).
“We cannot accept people from Gaza into this country as refugees,” DeSantis said during an event in Iowa. “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.”
Former Trump White House aide Stephen Miller pointed out in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, argued that electing Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) as House Speaker could help push through these policies — while noting that Trump had made some progress on the issue while in office.
“There is growing momentum in the congressional GOP to press 2 emergency measures: 1. Deny student visas to Hamas sympathizers, deport those already here 2. Prohibit Biden from resettling any Palestinian refugees,” he wrote, adding: “But to move these bills we must get Jim Jordan elected Speaker.”
“As a related note, did you know that President Trump stopped refugee resettlement from Syria and Somalia, and stopped jihadist refugee resettlement altogether? He also created the National Vetting Center and added [many] new layers of screening to keep threats out of the country,” Miller added.
As a related note, did you know that President Trump stopped refugee resettlement from Syria and Somalia, and stopped jihadist refugee resettlement altogether? He also created the National Vetting center and added may new layers of screening to keep threats out of the country.
— Stephen Miller (@StephenM) October 15, 2023