GOP Senators Demand Biden Address Campus Anti-Semitism, Hamas Support

In a recent move, Senator Tom Cotton and 27 other Senate Republicans have written a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, expressing their concerns about the rise of anti-Semitism and pro-Hamas activities on college campuses. They highlighted the threats faced by Jewish students at Columbia University and urged the Department of Education and federal law enforcement to take immediate action to address the issue.

The Republicans emphasized the need to restore order on college campuses where anti-Semitic and pro-Hamas groups have been targeting Jewish students. They called for prosecution of those perpetuating violence and threats against Jewish students, revocation of visas for foreign nationals involved in promoting terrorism, and accountability for school administrators who have failed to protect their students.

The letter also raised concerns about the universities potentially violating federal law by failing to protect Jewish students from harassment or violence based on their religion or ethnicity. Additionally, expressing support for terrorists like Hamas was cited as a violation of federal immigration law and grounds for deportation.

The Republicans set a deadline for the departments to respond to their letter and expressed their hope for immediate action from the Biden administration. They also referenced New York City Mayor Eric Adams’ remarks about “outside agitators” infiltrating student demonstrations and the need for addressing the troubling rise of anti-Semitism on college campuses.

The tensions on college campuses have escalated following the attack on Israeli civilians by Hamas and the subsequent declaration of war by Israel on the terrorist organization. Despite President Biden’s condemnation of anti-Semitic protests, the Republicans emphasized the need for concrete action from the administration to address the ongoing issues.

House Speaker Mike Johnson also plans to visit Columbia University to meet with Jewish students and address the rising anti-Semitism on college campuses. The Republicans remain focused on urging the Biden administration to prioritize addressing anti-Semitism and pro-Hamas activities on college campuses, underscoring the need for swift action to protect Jewish students and uphold federal law.


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