Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, reintroduced legislation Friday that, if enacted, would void the citizenship and passport of any American who fights for a known terrorist organization. The freshman senator first introduced the bill last year.
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The Expatriate Terrorist Act of 2015 strengthens and amends an existing statute, the Immigration and Nationality Act, by which a United States citizen effectively revokes his or her citizenship by helping a terrorist organization in any way, shape, or form.
Cruz’s bill is cosponsored by his fellow Texan, Republican Sen. John Cornyn, and Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, is sponsoring complementary legislation in the House.
“America continues to suffer the consequences of the failed Obama-Clinton-Kerry foreign policy,” Cruz said in a press release.
We must take bold action to protect our homeland by declaring that Americans who have traveled abroad to fight with radical Islamic terrorists have renounced their citizenship, and we must preempt any of their efforts to re-enter the country and launch further attacks on Americans.
While we take steps to protect Americans at home, we must never forget that once our Armed Forces are deployed in harm’s way, Congress and the Commander-in-Chief have a responsibility to support them and their families who remain behind.
The New York Times reported last September that the number of Americans fighting for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have varied from a few dozen to as many as several hundred.
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