As the conflict in Gaza continues to claim more civilian lives, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recently declared that the United States should not be accepting any refugees from the region. DeSantis’ remarks come at a critical time as the humanitarian crisis in Gaza worsens, with human rights observers reporting the highest level of displacement since the 2014 war. Since President Biden took office in January, the United States has made a commitment to expanding refugee rights and constructing more pathways to refuge. This has been promising for those fleeing violence and poverty, but DeSantis argues that this should not include people leaving conflict areas like Gaza, which is both a major hotbed of political turmoil and a focal point of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. DeSantis stated that he believed “Israel has a right to exist and also to defend itself” and that accepting refugees from this region would be a disincentive for any future progress in the peace process. He argued that it would be better to focus on helping resolve the conflict directly in Gaza, rather than expanding the issue to the US. The governor also stressed that refugee applications should be a “case-by-case” basis and should not be allowed to become a way for people to flee from conflict in Gaza. He also echoed President Biden’s previous statements that the US should not be sending any aid to Hamas, which has been in conflict with Israel since 2007. The remarks of DeSantis have been met with criticism from those who say that denying refuge to Gazans, especially the most vulnerable, is contrary to the values of the United States and against the Biden administration’s commitment to assist refugees. It is uncertain whether the Biden administration will act on his remarks, but it is clear that DeSantis’ comments have reignited a contentious debate on refugee rights and the current conflict in Gaza.