Tennessee Congressman Introduces Bill Targeting Student Visas of Some Protesters

WASHINGTON, DC — A new bill introduced by a Tennessee congressman would revoke the visas 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) last week filed HR 8322 in Congress, also known as the Study Abroad Act. The bill calls on the Secretary of State to revoke certain types of visas issued to study abroad and exchange students arrested for rioting or unlawfully protesting.

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 that this also applies to persons arrested on or after October 7, 2023. The date marks Hamas’ attack on Israel.

In a statement on the bill, Rep. Ogles: “These anti-Semitic, anti-American riots have wreaked havoc and chaos on campuses, leading to the cancellation of commencement and in-person classes. It is unacceptable that we allow non-Americans to terrorize our institutions of higher education. It’s time to send a clear message to the foreign, Hamas-sympathizing students who are rising up: if you bring chaos to our universities, you can study abroad somewhere else. May I recommend Iran, Qatar or Gaza? They’re more like your speed.”