Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is kicking off a process for Congress to pass legislation that will revoke the citizenship of any American who attempts to join or support the Islamic State and any other terror group. Cruz believes that the federal government also take action against U.S. citizens who might attempt to turn on America. Several Americans have attempted to enter the Islamic State in these couple of years, according to Cruz.
“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 for the Washington Examiner.
Cruz stated that another 124 U.S. citizens or green card holders have traveled overseas to enter jihadist groups since 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.
Cruz’s bill would allow anyone who got their citizenship revoked over alleged terrorist ties to have 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 for USA Today 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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