The U.S. House of Representatives held a vote on Wednesday for a bill meant to bar terrorists who participated in the October 7 attack against Israel from entering the U.S.
Two Democrats voted against the bill.
“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,” said Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan), who opposed the bill.
The Bill H.R. 6679 “No Immigration Benefits for Hamas Terrorists Act” seeks to bar any members of the terrorist groups Hamas or Palestinian Islamic Jihad who in any way participated in the October 7 attack from entering the U.S.
H.R. 6679 was sponsored by Rep. Tom McClintock (R-California), who sponsored another immigration bill, to deport non-citizens who have committed Social Security fraud.
The bill also bars all members of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) from entering the U.S. and prevents any of the groups from seeking asylum, or any immigration related benefits.
The bill received almost unanimous support, but it was opposed by Rep. Tlaib and Rep. Cori Bush (D-Missouri), and received a “present” vote from Rep. Delia Ramirez (D-Illinois).
Tlaib, who was praised by the left for being the first Palestinian woman elected to congress, was previously censured for her use of the pro-Hamas slogan “from the river to the sea” which calls for the destruction of Israel from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea.
Tlaib explained her opposition by claiming that the bill is redundant, and that it was a GOP scheme to incite anti-Muslim and anti-Arab hate.
Rep. Bush has previously come under fire for her vocal opposition of Israel’s war against Hamas following the terror attack which claimed over 1,200 lives, and left many others hostages of Hamas.
Bush called for the U.S. to cease sending all military aid to Israel’s “apartheid state.”
Despite the opposition of Tlaib and Bush, the bill passed with 422 “yea” votes.