Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is starting off a process for Congress to pass legislation that would revoke the citizenship of any American who will join the Islamic State or other terrorist groups.
Cruz believes that denying the entry to people from terrorist-stricken countries into the U.S. only solves the problem partially, and that the federal government should also worry about radical Islamists that are already U.S. citizens.
“If an American citizen travels abroad and joins a terrorist group waging jihad on America, attempting to murder innocent Americans, this legislation would strip that individual of their U.S. citizenship, so that we would not have terrorists returning to America using U.S. passports,” Cruz stated.
The Senator said that plenty of Americans have attempted to enter the Islamic State in these couple of years, reports Proud-Patriots.
He stated that another 124 U.S. citizens or green card holders have went overseas to join other jihadist groups in the years following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
“This should be an idea that even Senate Democrats can support given that Hillary Clinton, when she was in the Senate, supported very similar legislation,” he stated.
Some have opposed Cruz’s bill, claiming it would give the federal government broadened powers to revoke citizenship with no process ahead.
However, the bill would allow to those who got their citizenship revoked over alleged terrorist ties 60 days to ask for a due process hearing in order for alteration of the decision to be in order.
“The awesome and horrible power of being able to take away the citizenship of an American citizen would be turned over to an unnamed bureaucrat,” Christopher Anders, senior legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union’s Washington legislative office, stated last year. “It’s a highly unconstitutional bill. If it were to become law, I’m sure the Supreme Court would not let it stand.”
“This legislation is a common sense step to recognize that people can [wage] war against America in more ways than one,” he stated. “You don’t need to be a member of a nation-state military to be a terrorist at war with America.”
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