Rubio Gets State Department To Admit They Can Revoke Visas Of Hamas Supporters In U.S. | Eastern North Carolina Now

“State Department confirms they have the power to revoke the visas of Hamas supporters and deport them. Now they need to do it.”

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    Publisher's Note: This post appears here courtesy of the The Daily Wire. The author of this post is Hank Berrien.

    After Florida GOP Senator Marco Rubio sent a letter to the State Department requesting they conduct a review and coordination effort to revoke the visas of those who have endorsed or espoused Hamas' terrorist activity on U.S. soil, the State Department admitted in a return letter they indeed had the authority to revoke those visas.

    The State Department took a full month to respond as Rubio had sent his letter on October 15 and their response was dated November 15.

    "As you are aware, the Secretary of State designated Hamas as a Foreign Terrorist Organization under section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act on October 8, 1997," the State Department acknowledged. "Our first priority when adjudicating visa applications is to ensure applicants do not pose a security risk to the United States. Every prospective traveler to the United States undergoes extensive security screening. This screening draws on information from the full range of U.S. government agencies, including biographic and biometric screening against U.S. law enforcement and counterterrorism databases. No visa is issued until all concerns raised by the screening process are fully resolved."

    Then the State Department admitted, "The Department of State also has broad authority under the INA to revoke visas. We exercise that authority when there is information or evidence indicating a visa holder may be ineligible for a U.S. visa. When we receive derogatory information that indicates potential visa ineligibility, we take immediate actions, such as entering the information into U.S. government databases and revoking visas if deemed appropriate."

    "State Department confirms they have the power to revoke the visas of Hamas supporters and deport them. Now they need to do it," Rubio tweeted upon receipt of the letter.

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    At the end of October, FBI Director Christopher Wray warned that the Israel-Hamas war had raised the threat of an attack against Americans in the United States to a higher level, telling the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, "We assess that the actions of Hamas and its allies will serve as an inspiration the likes of which we haven't seen since ISIS launched its so-called caliphate several years ago. ... In just the past few weeks, multiple foreign terrorist organizations have called for attacks against Americans and the West."

    National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) Director Christine Abizaid said the war was being utilized as "a feature of messaging and propaganda" from various terror groups, adding, "We've seen it from al-Qaida affiliates, almost every single one. We've also seen it from ISIS, which ideologically isn't aligned with a group like Hamas, but is still leveraging this current conflict. They are seeking to capitalize on this moment to galvanize supporters and organize further attacks."
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