Face The Facts: Tennessee Republican Proposes Bill That Makes COMPLETE Sense

By Lisa Pelgin | Thursday, 09 May 2024 04:30 PM
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In a bid to curb the rising tide of unrest on American campuses, Tennessee Republican Representative Andy Ogles has proposed a bill that would revoke the visas of foreign students found to be sympathizing with Hamas, a Palestinian Islamist political organization and militant group.

The legislation, dubbed the Study Abroad Act, was unveiled on Wednesday, with Ogles suggesting that such students "go study abroad in Gaza."

The Daily Caller, which first reported on the proposed legislation, revealed that the bill seeks to "revoke the F, J, or M visa" of any foreign student who has been "arrested for rioting or unlawful protest," or involved in "establishing, participating in, or promoting an encampment" at a higher education institution.

"The ability to receive higher education in the United States is truly a privilege," Ogles told the Caller. He expressed concern over the recent wave of unrest on campuses, stating, "In the last several weeks, our nation has seen these institutions overrun and terrorized by young people calling for a third intifada."

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Ogles criticized the impact of these disturbances on the academic environment, noting the cancellation of commencements and in-person classes. He stated, "It is unacceptable that we would allow non-Americans to terrorize our institutions of higher learning." He then issued a stern warning to foreign students sympathizing with Hamas, saying, "if you bring chaos to our universities, you can study abroad somewhere else. Might I recommend Iran, Qatar, or Gaza? They seem more your speed."

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Ogles' proposed legislation has received support from fellow Republicans, Texas Representative Randy Weber and South Carolina Representative Jeff Duncan. Weber echoed Ogles' sentiments, stating, "If you hate America so much, you should get the first ticket back to your country and attend college there. The unruly anti-Semites that are spewing hate and discontent on college campuses will not be tolerated in the United States."

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Duncan, meanwhile, emphasized the violation of visa terms, stating, "If you come to America on a student visa and support a terrorist organization like Hamas, then you are in violation of your visa." He added, "We do not need Hamas sympathizers on American soil breaking our laws and influencing our youth to hate America and freedom. You riot on behalf of a terrorist organization, then say goodbye to your visa."

As protests continue to unfold across U.S. college campuses, the proposed legislation underscores a growing concern over the influence of foreign students on domestic unrest.

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