As the recent Israeli-Palestinian conflict escalates in the Gaza Strip, Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida has argued that the United States should not accept any refugees from the situation.
As a result of the bombings and cross-border rocket fire between the Israeli Defense Forces and Hamas, several thousand Gazans have been displaced. Many of them, especially women and children, are now homeless, calling for assistance from international aid organizations in order to find shelter and receive essential supplies.
On Monday, DeSantis took to the press to express his strong opposition to large numbers of Palestinians coming in from Gaza and taking refuge in the US. He said that any potential measures taken by the government on this matter should have the goal of protecting the security of US citizens. He particularly made an emphasis on strengthening border security and job security to protect American lives.
DeSantis claims that allowing Palestinians from conflict zones to enter would be detrimental to the country instead of beneficial, claiming this would heighten the risk of terrorism on US soil. He expressed his readiness to provide aid to the people and victims directly through his own state and other relief organizations, rather than to welcome refugees into the country.
The US has not yet issued an official response to DeSantis’ statements. However, the public has expressed their dismay over the decision, with humanitarian organizations strongly condemning the public figure’s remarks.
The Gaza Strip is a densely populated area consisting of around 2 million people, most of whom are currently living in a state of poverty. The recent escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has sparked indignation from people across the globe and a strong push for relief efforts to provide assistance to the people living in the region. Nevertheless, it appears that Governor DeSantis will continue to remain firm in his opposition to the US taking in refugees.