White House Weighs Allowing Palestinian Refugees Into Country

The White House is reportedly considering a plan to potentially settle Palestinian refugees in the United States with news of the plan coming as a sitting member of Congress argued for the policy. In addition, the speculation comes as pro-Palestinian protests on college campuses devolved into violence in recent weeks.

The Biden administration is considering working with the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program to allow Palestinians with contacts in the United States into the country. These would be individuals who fled Gaza for Egypt.

The White House is also considering a further program to aid Palestinians leave Gaza and potentially allow them into the United States if they have American relatives.

The program would require a background check and if qualified, those allowed into the country would become official refugees, which allows for permanent residency and social benefits.

Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) said in a recent interview that the United States should consider accepting refugees from Palestine and Latin America.

Bowman told local news that the United States is a “land of migrants, and we are a land of asylum speakers.” He said that the country has “always been a place to open our doors to immigrants,” including those from “Palestine.”

He also called for amnesty for those already in the country illegally.

The comments also come as police began clearing out a student occupation of an academic building on Columbia University’s campus. The expensive private school has been the epicenter of recent anti-Israel protests, including widespread accusations of antisemitism.

Earlier this month more than 100 students were arrested following the occupation of another building, including the daughter of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).

However, students at Columbia and a number of colleges across the country began setting up tent cities on campus, leading to disruptions of school activities.

On one day earlier this month Columbia was forced to hold all of its classes remotely.

In addition, the college protests included a number of jihadist slogans and even one case of the flag of the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah being flown.