Ron DeSantis says jihadis never would have made it through Ellis Island

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'If you came and you rejected the basic foundational principles of America, you would have been rejected.'

Ron DeSantis continues to lay out his opposition to allowing Hamas sympathizers into the U.S.

During an interview on SiriusXM’s Megyn Kelly Show, the Florida Governor and 2024 presidential candidate said that if prospective immigrants arrived at Ellis Island in 1900 and said they “supported Islamic jihad” that they never would have been admitted into the United States.

“You would have been turned away from Ellis Island. If you came and you rejected the basic foundational principles of America, you would have been rejected from coming into this country. That would have been non-negotiable,” DeSantis said.

It’s worth noting that DeSantis’ own forebearers were among the 12 million Americans naturalized through that conduit long ago.

The Governor also suggested that America “can learn a lesson from what Europe has done over the last 10 or 20 years.”

“They did mass immigration from parts of the world that rejected their values. And what happened is because those people were coming in such big numbers, they didn’t assimilate into those societies so much as they’ve tried to change those societies to mimic the societies they left.”

DeSantis believes it’s “simply unsustainable for a country that’s based on this founding creed to continue being a strong country … if we’re importing large numbers of people that reject the basic conception of America.”

As he has previously, the Governor also heaped condemnation on university students who are involved in pro-Palestinian protests, saying “there’s a lot of problems embedded into whatever has been fed into that student because of how toxic the culture has gotten on our universities.”

“What the hell is going on in American universities nowadays? This would not have happened during World War II, when the Japanese attacked us. You would not have seen, you did not see, student groups going out there and celebrating that,” DeSantis groused.

“And yet here, because remember, Americans were massacred too. It wasn’t just Israelis, and Americans are still being held hostage, as well as Israelis. To be able to go out and do that, it’s a sickness in these institutions.”

DeSantis, a Harvard Law graduate whose recent speeches have included a refrain of insults toward Harvard as “woke central” and the like, again said that if a job applicant showed him “that résumé” that he would “run the other way.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Annie

    October 17, 2023 at 4:53 pm


  • Paloma Canasta

    October 17, 2023 at 5:40 pm

    Scared of his own shadow.

  • My Take

    October 17, 2023 at 6:15 pm

    What a doofus. What nationality of immigrant has caused America the most internal trouble?
    One could make an apt but unfair argument of Italian/Sicilian. Mafia. Drug trade included.

  • My Take

    October 17, 2023 at 6:23 pm

    Elllis Island was looking for TB and maybe socialists.

  • Michael K

    October 17, 2023 at 6:56 pm

    I agree with Ron.

    We should all reject the Harvard graduate who is the current governor of Florida.

  • Joe

    October 17, 2023 at 6:59 pm

    This man is a moron.

    • My Take

      October 17, 2023 at 8:49 pm

      He’s competing with Trump for the moron vote.

      • Biscuit

        October 18, 2023 at 12:08 pm

        So far he’s only got the idiot vote locked up.

  • My Take

    October 17, 2023 at 9:53 pm

    DeSStortis would be the exact opposite of Silent Cal.

  • Sonja Fitch

    October 18, 2023 at 4:40 am

    As if! Once again Desantis projects HIS view! Ask Trump what his daddy did! His daddy was a sympathizer with the NAZIS! Omg get Desantis , MAGA cult member, Out!

  • TJC

    October 18, 2023 at 12:29 pm

    “What the hell is going on in American universities nowadays? “…there’s a lot of problems embedded into whatever has been fed into that student…”

    Once again, DeSantis wants America to believe that college students are helpless children being manipulated by adult professors. With the exception of the few 17 year olds who graduate early from high school, the vast majority are legal adults, 18 and over. If they break a law they will be tried as adults, because at 18 you are by law responsible for your decisions. And any 18 year old who is accepted into a university has already demonstrated an above average level of maturity and aptitude. They are not the vulnerable children DeSantis would have you believe.
    In reality, what he fears is that a good well-rounded education will enlighten students enough to recognize a self-serving demagogue when they hear one.

  • Andy

    October 18, 2023 at 1:27 pm

    DeSatan immigration reform; foreign terror groups, not allowed in USA, domestic terror groups, his base, pardoned, given state appointed positions paid by taxpayers!

  • MH/Duuuval

    October 18, 2023 at 3:37 pm

    No one knew what Ron’s forebears believed when they came through Ellis Island: they didn’t speak English.

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