Monica Tranel, a Democrat looking for to unseat Montana Republican Rep. Ryan Zinke within the state’s election subsequent 12 months, complained publicly about her GOP opponent’s invoice to halt Palestinian immigration into the U.S. amid the battle in Israel, however refused to clarify her stance on the problem.
Zinke’s measure, the Safeguarding Americans from Extremism (SAFE) Act, would deem any international nationwide with a Palestinian Authority (PA) passport or PA-granted journey doc inadmissible to the United States. The laws would additionally block DHS from granting Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and asylum or refugee standing to PA passport holders.
“BREAKING: Ryan Zinke, in a disgusting display of Islamophobia, just introduced a bill to expel Palestinians from the US who are here legally. We don’t have a choice — we must defeat him in November,” Tranel wrote in a submit final week on X, previously Twitter.
Fox News Digital requested the Montana Democrat to clarify why she believes the invoice is a “disgusting” transfer and the place she stands on the continued battle within the Middle East whereas most representatives categorical help for Israel. The Democrat didn’t reply.
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Fox requested Tranel whether or not she would have voted for the bipartisan Israel support bundle that handed the House or supported a ceasefire within the Middle East, or whether or not she supported Zinke’s name for more durable sanctions on Iran and a ban on funds going to Iranian and Palestinian organizations. Tranel didn’t reply.
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“This bill looks and is a very, very hard and harsh bill. Absolutely. And I said from the very, very beginning,” Zinke advised Fox of the invoice. “I don’t think you’ll find a more stringent bill on the Gaza region than this. What has drawn us to this is that this administration has failed in every previous account or two that has come in this country.”
Tranel is working within the race for Montana’s First Congressional District, the identical seat she ran for and misplaced within the 2022 midterms in opposition to now-incumbent Zinke.
A record-breaking 169 people on the FBI terror watch listing had been encountered on the southern border during the last 12 months, up from 98 in Fiscal Year 2022, in response to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) statistics.
In September alone, border officers arrested 18 folks on the FBI’s terror watch listing.
Lora Ries, director of the Border Security and Immigration Center at The Heritage Foundation, sounded the alarm after Hamas’ preliminary assault on Israel.
“So, when you combine 1.7 million with the 7.4 million CBP has encountered, we have to assume that the sleeper cells of terrorists are here inside the U.S., and Congress needs to wake up and pre-empt,” Ries stated.
With FY 23 seeing 2.48 million migrant encounters on the southern border alone and the continued terrorist assaults on Israel, members of Congress and presidential candidates have additionally sounded the alarm on potential threats at U.S. borders and known as for a halt on Palestinians’ entry into the U.S.
Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., has additionally sounded off on potential terror threats crossing our southern border.
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“The idea of a potential terror attack occurring in the United States is no longer just a what-if — it is a when,” Daines stated on the weekly Republican Senate Leadership press convention. “With a war in the Middle East emboldening violent extremists and a wide-open southern border, we are more and more vulnerable for attacks on our soil right here at home.”
Fox News’ Adam Shaw, Bill Melugin, and Andrew Mark Miller contributed to this report.