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‘Squad’ members Tlaib and Bush cast only votes against bill to ban Oct. 7 terrorists from entering US

By Stew Davidson
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February 1, 2024

Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Cori Bush (D-MO) voted this week against a bill aimed at barring certain individuals from entering the U.S.

The two lawmakers stood out as the only members to oppose a bill designed to prevent members of Hamas and those involved in the Oct. 7 attacks against Israel from entering the United States. The bill, titled "No Immigration Benefits for Hamas Terrorists Act," passed with a significant majority, receiving 422 votes in favor, and two against it, the Washington Examiner reported.

Understanding the Bill's implications

The bill extends existing U.S. immigration laws, which already prohibit members of Hamas and Palestine Islamic Jihad from entering the country.

It now includes officers of the Palestine Liberation Organization and anyone involved in the Oct. 7 attacks against Israel, even if they are not officially recognized as members of a terrorist group.

While the bill received overwhelming support in the House, Tlaib and Bush's opposition has sparked discussions and debates.

Tlaib, the only Palestinian American in Congress, labeled the bill as "unnecessary" and "redundant," criticizing it for inciting anti-Arab, anti-Palestinian, and anti-Muslim sentiments.

Tlaib's stance on immigration and security

Tlaib emphasized her commitment to opposing Trump-era immigration policies and advocating for the rights of migrants and asylum seekers.

She expressed her dedication to speaking out against what she perceives as attempts to dehumanize immigrant communities.

Tlaib said:

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.

Despite Tlaib's strong opposition, the Democratic caucus largely supported the bill.

Jerry Nadler (D-NY), the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, was among its proponents, highlighting the bill's alignment with existing laws.

Political repercussions for Tlaib

Tlaib's vote aligns with her previous positions, including calls for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas and opposition to a resolution supporting Israel.

This stance has not been without controversy, as she faced censure from the House on Nov. 8 for allegedly promoting false narratives about the Oct. 7 attack and calling for the destruction of Israel.

The censure, which saw 22 Democrats joining all Republicans, reflects the complex and often contentious nature of U.S. politics surrounding Israel and Palestine.

Cori Bush's position and response

Bush, who also voted against the bill, has not yet publicly commented on her decision.

Her vote, alongside Tlaib's, marks a notable divergence from the majority opinion in the Democratic Party.

The vote on the "No Immigration Benefits for Hamas Terrorists Act" highlights the ongoing debates in U.S. politics regarding immigration, national security, and foreign policy, particularly in relation to the Middle East.

Conclusion

  • Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Cori Bush were the only two votes against the "No Immigration Benefits for Hamas Terrorists Act."
  • The bill aims to bar members of Hamas and those involved in the Oct. 7 attacks against Israel from entering the U.S.
  • Tlaib criticized the bill as redundant and harmful to Arab, Palestinian, and Muslim communities.
  • The bill reflects broader debates in U.S. politics about immigration, national security, and foreign policy.
  • The Senate's upcoming discussion of the bill will be pivotal in determining its impact on U.S. immigration policy.