A recent survey has unveiled startling sentiments regarding the acceptance of refugees from Gaza into the United States, in light of the harsh offensive led by Hamas on Israel this past October 7th.
The poll, conducted by Rasmussen Reports, sampled opinions of 992 US likely voters from October 18 to 22. Its findings revealed that over half (52%) believe the US should not open its doors to Palestinian refugees from Gaza. A smaller faction, 28%, believes in welcoming them, and 20% remain on the fence.
A deeper dive into the data shows party affiliation plays a role in these opinions. Democrats seem more open to the idea, with 42% supporting the acceptance of these refugees. In stark contrast, a massive 73% of Republicans oppose the idea. Independent voters also lean towards opposition, with 50% against accepting refugees.
The poll also shed light on public opinion regarding President Biden’s recent visit to Israel. Responses were almost evenly split. While 42% felt the visit was successful to some extent, a marginally higher 45% saw it as unsuccessful. As for Biden’s policy stance on Israel, opinions are again divided: 37% believe he’s not supportive enough of Israel, 36% think he’s hit the right balance, and 14% feel he’s been overly favorable.
The backdrop to this debate is grim. Hamas’s invasion of Israel on October 7 resulted in the tragic loss of over 1,400 Israeli lives and saw more than 200 people, including Americans, taken hostage.
🚨 A new internal memo from federal border authorities warned that members of Hamas, Hezbollah and other terrorist groups could be crossing our southern border.
How can anyone who cares for our country still oppose securing our borders?https://t.co/sdKJw1sJ51
— Congressman Chuck Edwards (@RepEdwards) October 23, 2023
In response to this humanitarian crisis, the US announced its intention to extend aid to Gaza. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre emphasized that sending assistance is of utmost importance to the Biden administration. Moreover, President Biden, in a recent address, highlighted his discussions with the leaders of Israel and Egypt, emphasizing an agreement for UN-led humanitarian assistance to reach the Palestinians in Gaza.
Amidst this, there’s a rising concern at the southern US border. Intelligence from the San Diego Field Office has highlighted potential threats from individuals affiliated with or influenced by groups like Hamas, Hezbollah, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ). Their assessment indicates that these individuals might attempt to enter the US through indirect routes across the Southwest border.