(ConcernedPatriot.com) – Rep. Jamaal Bowman, a Democrat from New York, has urged the U.S. to “welcome” one million Palestinian refugees as it is estimated that they will require new housing.
The congressman told the New York Post on Saturday that youngsters make up 50% of the population in Gaza.
He said, “The international community and the United States should be ready to accept Palestinian refugees while exercising extreme caution to screen out and deny entry to Hamas members.”
House GOP members introduce bill to block Palestinian refugees from entering US https://t.co/DpNEejqaVU
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After Israel issued a 24-hour warning to inhabitants of northern Gaza to evacuate to the southern part of the strip, he called on the United States to accept Palestinian refugees.
As of Saturday morning, more than 400,000 Gazans had left their homes, according to a report from the Times of Israel.
Egypt refuses to take in Palestinian refugees and has closed its border with Gaza.
Israel has started a lethal counterattack into Gaza in retaliation for the horrific atrocities carried out by the Islamist terror organization Hamas, which resulted in the deaths of 1,300 Israelis last Saturday.
Despite being warned, many civilians unable or unwilling to flee their homes were killed by Israeli shelling.
“According to the latest reports by local health authorities and media, at least 2,215 Palestinians were reportedly killed, including over 700 children, and more than 8,714 people wounded, including more than 2,450 children,” UNICEF spokeswoman Sara Al Hattab told CNN.
The World Identity Network Foundation’s founder, Mariana Dahan, predicted in the New York Post that the conflict “may add over one million people to the already staggering number of 6 million Palestinian refugees in the world.”
According to census data, approximately 170,000 Palestinians reside in the U.S.
The State Department reports that in 2022, the United States admitted 25,465 refugees from around the globe, a 123 percent increase from 2021.
According to the department’s website, “the United States expects to resettle up to 125,000 refugees in F.Y. 2023.”
Rep. Bowman, a member of the House’s far-left “Squad,” is one of the dozen Democrats who do not support the bipartisan resolution calling for tighter sanctions against Iran for supporting Hamas and increased military assistance to Israel.
These 13 Democrats are the only Members of Congress not co-sponsoring the bi-partisan #StandWithIsrael resolution:
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Republican legislators are starting to oppose resettling Palestinian refugees in the U.S.
Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida stated, “The United States is the most generous country in the world, but given our nation’s inability to secure our own border or vet those who are already here, we are in no position to accept additional refugees, especially from a region with as high a risk of terrorism.”
“The entire focus of the United States right now should be on rescuing American hostages, and making sure that Israel has every resource needed to defeat Iran-backed Hamas and defend its homeland,” stated fellow Floridian Sen. Rick Scott (R) in support of the statement.
ALERT: US Politicians are currently discussing the acceptance of up to 1-million Palestinian refugees.
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Sen. Tom Cotton (R) of Arkansas also spoke with the Post, stating that Iran “should take responsibility for any Palestinian refugees caused by its proxy… war with Israel.”
Iran “should be responsible for refugees as well,” claims Cotton, since it is “responsible for the death and destruction.”
The refusal of the White House to declare its position on taking in refugees from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has persisted. “We continue to provide support to Palestinian refugees through the U.N.,” a spokeswoman stated.
The administration said, “The United States also has a worldwide refugee resettlement program in partnership with The U.N. Refugee Agency.”
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