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Eugene

(62,172 posts)
Tue Jan 9, 2024, 11:42 PM Jan 2024

DeSantis says Florida will welcome Jewish students who want to transfer with 'open arms'

Source: The Hill

DeSantis says Florida will welcome Jewish students who want to transfer with ‘open arms’

BY LAUREN IRWIN - 01/09/24 12:44 PM ET

At his annual State of the State address Tuesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said Florida will welcome Jewish students who want to transfer with “open arms” amid rising reports of antisemitism on college campuses.

DeSantis, who chartered flights from Israel to rescue Floridians amid the country’s war with Hamas, said Florida has “stood up” to protect Jewish day schools, synagogues and Jewish students on university campuses, while other institutions across the country “have simply failed.”

“This week, Jewish students across the country are returning to campuses that have outright condoned antisemitism. Over the coming months, they’ll have a tough decision to make. Do they pack up and leave or do they stay and continue to endure a hostile environment?” DeSantis said in his address to the state Legislature. “And if they do decide to come to Florida, I can tell you this, we will welcome them with open arms.”

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DeSantis said Florida will waive minimum credit hour requirements and application deadlines for Jewish students looking to transfer to a Florida university. He said he is encouraging universities and colleges in the state to “use their existing statutory authority” to provide in-state tuition for Jewish students with financial hardship.

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Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/4397849-desantis-florida-welcome-jewish-students-transfer-open-arms/

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DeSantis says Florida will welcome Jewish students who want to transfer with 'open arms' (Original Post) Eugene Jan 2024 OP
But, but, but.... Laffy Kat Jan 2024 #1
Is this a form of Affirmative Action? Deuxcents Jan 2024 #2
It's pandering. TwilightZone Jan 2024 #3
I realize there's a large population of Jewish people here but I'm wondering Deuxcents Jan 2024 #4
He needs all the votes he can get. TwilightZone Jan 2024 #5
Aagggg..I'm pretty sure he's toast on the national scene Deuxcents Jan 2024 #6
"Open arms", is that like ... sanatanadharma Jan 2024 #7
Unless They're Liberals Deep State Witch Jan 2024 #8

Deuxcents

(17,264 posts)
2. Is this a form of Affirmative Action?
Tue Jan 9, 2024, 11:59 PM
Jan 2024

Just asking as I don’t see how Florida offers any special security for anyone here. Is this an olive branch for votes?
The governor has been shy about calling out white supremacy

Deuxcents

(17,264 posts)
4. I realize there's a large population of Jewish people here but I'm wondering
Wed Jan 10, 2024, 01:04 AM
Jan 2024

Why the governor is offering this. If any one can spot a white supremacist, I’m pretty sure our Jewish communities can so why is he trying to appease them?

TwilightZone

(25,842 posts)
5. He needs all the votes he can get.
Wed Jan 10, 2024, 01:15 AM
Jan 2024

Trump got about 30% of the Jewish vote in 2020, so some apparently look beyond the white supremacy to other factors. DeSantis appears to be looking for that same voter bloc.

In an offhand way, he's also making sure everyone knows (again) that he supports Israel.

Deuxcents

(17,264 posts)
6. Aagggg..I'm pretty sure he's toast on the national scene
Wed Jan 10, 2024, 01:59 AM
Jan 2024

And he’s in his last term as governor so..just gotta ride out the rest of his term and hopefully he’ll go away.

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