Trump Vows to Reject Gazan Refugees After Israel Assault

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Former President Donald J. Trump, in remarks that invoked the lethal Hamas assaults on Israel to stoke fears of terrorism at house, mentioned on Monday that he would develop a freeze on refugees that he enacted throughout his presidency to cowl individuals from the Palestinian territory of Gaza.

In an extension of the anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant sentiments he channeled throughout his 2016 presidential run and made a cornerstone of his administration, Mr. Trump supplied a litany of proposals that in some ways tailored his earlier insurance policies to replicate present occasions. He promised once more to bar individuals from sure components of the world, notably the place Islam is mostly practiced, whereas curbing immigration and the general variety of refugees the US would soak up.

“We aren’t bringing in anybody from Gaza,” Mr. Trump mentioned at a rally in Clive, Iowa, a suburb of Des Moines.

Referring to latest demonstrations protesting Israel’s retaliatory bombardment of Gaza and supporting civilians within the area caught up in battle, Mr. Trump promised to ship Immigration and Customs Enforcement brokers to what he known as “pro-jihadist” rallies. He additionally proposed that immigrants be denied entry to the US in the event that they adhered to a laundry record of ideologies.

“Should you empathize with radical Islamic terrorists and extremists, you’re disqualified,” Mr. Trump mentioned. “If you wish to abolish the state of Israel, you’re disqualified.”

So, too, could be individuals who supported Hamas “or any ideology that’s having to do with that,” he mentioned, and anybody who was a “communist, Marxist or fascist.”

Mr. Trump didn’t clarify how the nation would perform or implement such a screening, an thought he proposed in a barely totally different type throughout his 2016 marketing campaign. Nor did he elaborate on the views that he believed ought to qualify authorized U.S. residents for being faraway from the nation.

Mr. Trump additionally mentioned his administration would revoke the visas of “radical anti-American and antisemitic foreigners” like these concerned in pro-Palestinian demonstrations, saying that international nationals at faculties and universities have been “instructing your kids hate.”

Two different Republican contenders, Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida and Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina, each mentioned in interviews on Monday that they favored deporting international college students who appeared to assist Hamas.

Mr. DeSantis, on Fox Information Radio’s “Man Benson Present,” additionally mentioned he didn’t suppose refugees from Gaza ought to come to the US. “The Arab international locations ought to take them,” he mentioned.

Mr. Trump’s remarks, constructing on his vow this month to reinstate a journey ban he enacted whereas president, symbolize an try and additional retreat from feedback he made at a rally in Florida final week about Israel that prompted widespread criticism from political rivals.

After lashing out at Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, Mr. Trump urged the Israeli army, which is now on the point of invading the Gaza Strip, wanted to “straighten it out.” He additionally known as Hezbollah, the Iran-backed, anti-Israel militant group in Lebanon, “very sensible.”

Mr. Trump’s Republican opponents, who’re longing for any edge that would assist them shut the yawning hole separating them from the previous president within the polls, seized on his feedback, condemning him for criticizing a rustic nonetheless reeling from a lethal terrorist assault.

Within the days since, Mr. Trump has repeatedly sought to make clear that he stands with the nation and Mr. Netanyahu.

In an announcement, Jaime Harrison, the chair of the Democratic Nationwide Committee, accused Mr. Trump of utilizing language that would incite violence just like the homicide of a 6-year-old boy in Illinois that the authorities are calling an anti-Muslim hate crime.

“Donald Trump is following up final week’s erratic habits — criticizing Israel and praising their terrorist enemies — by now exploiting concern and anxiousness in a shameless try and revive his extensively rejected, excessive Muslim ban,” Mr. Harrison mentioned.

Mr. Trump didn’t communicate at size concerning the battle in Israel in his first marketing campaign look on Monday, in Adel, Iowa, the place he targeted extra on home points, together with his personal.

Talking shortly after a decide imposed a restricted gag order limiting some public statements that Mr. Trump could make associated to the federal case over his efforts to overturn the 2020 election, he mentioned he and his attorneys deliberate to battle the ruling.

“They put a gag order on me, and I’m not presupposed to be speaking about issues that unhealthy individuals do, and so we’ll be interesting in a short time,” Mr. Trump mentioned, in entrance of a pyramid of hay bales on the Dallas County Fairgrounds.

He added, “I’ll be the one politician in historical past the place I gained’t be allowed to criticize individuals.”