OAN’s James Meyers
8:15 AM – Thursday, February 1, 2024
Only two Democrats voted against banning Hamas terrorists from the United States.
On Wednesday representatives Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Cori Bush (D-Mo.) voted no against a bill that would ban members involved with the terrorist organization.
The bill, The No Immigration Benefits for Hamas Terrorists Act, which was proposed by Representative Tom McClintock (R-Calif.), deemed any member of Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the Palestine Liberation Organization or others who participated in the October 7th attack against Israel ineligible to enter the United States.
In a 422-2 vote, the bill passed in the lower chamber with Democrat Delia Ramirez (D-Ill) voting present and six other members not voting.
Tlaib, who has been outspoken against Israel, claimed that the bill was “redundant” and that Republicans will use it to incite hate.
“H.R. 6679 is unnecessary because it is redundant with already existing federal law,” the “Squad” Democrat said in a statement. “It’s just another GOP messaging bill being used to incite anti-Arab, anti-Palestinian, and anti-Muslim hatred that makes communities like ours unsafe.”
Bush also echoed the same sentiments as her fellow Democrat colleague.
“I opposed H.R. 6679 because it is a redundant, empty messaging bill Republicans are using to target immigrants and incite anti-Palestinian hate,” she said in a tweet. “Republicans have ZERO credibility on these issues.”
Since 1997, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad have both been designated as Foreign Terrorist Organizations by the State Department.
“It is imperative that Congress ensures that these bad actors will find no refuge in the United States,” McClintock said in a statement after the passage of H.R. 6679, which now heads to the Senate.
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