Biden Weighs Giving Palestinians Refugee Status to Settle In US

( – The Biden administration is considering bringing Palestinians to the United States as refugees. Documents obtained by reporters show that federal officials have already discussed where to resettle Gaza residents with ties to the US. One proposal is to use the United States Refugee Admissions Program and focus on those who have already fled to Egypt.

According to the documents, those considered for resettlement will undergo medical and security screening and be offered permanent residency and assistance with housing. In a press statement, a White House spokesperson said the US had already helped almost 2,000 people flee Gaza, many of whom had settled in America.

The statement furthermore noted that the federal government “categorically rejects” the forced relocation of Palestinians or the “redrawing of the borders of Gaza.”

The United States Refugee Admissions Program dates back to 1980 and has facilitated the inward migration of around 400,000 people, but to date, no significant number of Palestinians. The move is likely to provoke opposition from some Republicans, who believe that antisemitism and anti-Americanism are rife among the Gazan population.

Last year, for example, Floridian Governor Ron DeSantis furiously objected to the idea of bringing Gazans to America. “They are all antisemitic, none of them believe in Israel’s right to exist,” he said.

Some statistical data appears to support the Governor’s view. Immediately after the October 7 Hamas attack on Israel, the Arab World for Research and Development organization surveyed Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank and found that the majority had a favorable view of Hamas and supported the October 7 assault. Furthermore, 98% said they would never “forgive” Israel for its military response.

When asked if they believed they could live peacefully alongside the Jewish state, 90% said they could not. A further 89% thought the October 7 attack was a legitimate response to “contemporary and historic oppression.” Notably, 0% viewed the United States and its role in the conflict favorably.

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