BILL TARGETING STUDENT VISAS OF SOME PROTESTORS FILED BY TENNESSEE CONGRESSMAN

WASHINGTON, D.C.–A new bill filed by a Tennessee congressman would revoke the visa of individuals arrested while rioting or participating in an unlawful protest at a college or university.

Tennessee U.S. Representative Andy Ogles (R-TN-5) filed H.R. 8322 in Congress last week, otherwise known as the Study Abroad Act. The bill calls on the Secretary of State to revoke certain types of visas provided to study abroad and exchange students who are arrested for rioting or protesting unlawfully.

This would apply to a student who establishes, participates in or promotes an encampment on the campus of an institution of higher education. The bill also adds this includes individuals arrested on or since October 7, 2023. The date marks the attack of Hamas on Israel.

In a statement released on the bill, Rep. Ogles stated “These anti-semitic, anti-America riots have wreaked havoc and chaos on campuses, leading to the cancellation of commencements and in-person classes. It is unacceptable that we would allow non-Americans to terrorize our institutions of higher learning. It’s time to send a clear message to foreign, Hamas-sympathizing students rioting: if you bring chaos to our universities, you can study abroad somewhere else. Might I recommend Iran, Qatar, or Gaza? They seem more your speed.”

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