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house Bill H.R. 774

Should Americans Who Join Terror Groups Have Their Citizenship Revoked?

Argument in favor

If a U.S. citizen knowingly joins or assists a foreign terrorist organization they should have their passport and status as a citizen revoked to prevent them from harming other Americans. The current standard for revoking the citizenship of terrorists isn’t broad enough.

Rodel's Opinion
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02/21/2019
This rule should also apply to domestic terrorist groups.
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Jann's Opinion
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02/20/2019
Yes! Revolk the right to citizenship to anyone using terror tactics and start with the KKK AND ALL WHITE SUPREMACY GROUPS and their sympathizers. They are the enemy within! The other side of same coin.
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Lisa's Opinion
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02/20/2019
Yes. No question about it. Convict and Jail if ever steps on American soil. It is a Crime against America.
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Argument opposed

Revoking a person’s U.S. citizenship for “providing material assistance” to terrorists is problematic, as material assistance could be broadly interpreted and lead to violations of the person’s rights. The current standard for revoking the citizenship of terrorists works.

Joshkie's Opinion
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02/20/2019
If you have enough evidence to revoke their citizenship, then you have enough evidence to charge them with a crime. Say something like treason.
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Comrade's Opinion
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02/21/2019
I do not trust that the government will properly use this type of law. There are many nationalist groups that are not labeled “terrorist” that should be. I think this law could be use to expel innocent people from our nation.
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DrCindyBean's Opinion
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02/21/2019
This must be case by case. Not a blanket stripping of citizenship rights. Due process must be applied.
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bill Progress


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      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Immigration and Citizenship
    IntroducedJanuary 24th, 2019
    You join terrorist group? Never allowed back
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    To do so is to problematic and open to abuse. We already have penalties in place.
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    If they are with a terror group they are going to be a threat to us. So yes remove their citizenship. They could use it to attack us.
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    No, they should be returned to the US, prosecuted for treason, and executed.
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    Actions have consequences. A person who seeks to harm this country shouldn’t be able to claim the privileges of being a citizen.
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    I think this is a slippery slope that could be used in the wrong ways. Dissent could be seen as terrorism to such a fascist regime, and the ability to abuse this could be extreme. I doubt anyone is planning to utilize this legislation for domestic terrorists, such as the kkk, so it’s not even useful legislation.
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    To begin with, Ms. Hoda Muthana is not a US citizen, so there is no violation. That aside, there should be a "no tolerance" policy when it comes to US citizens making the decision to align with terrorists. They can no longer be trusted.
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    People make impassioned mistakes and later come to find they are wrong. It’s the same type of thing that causes people to join cults or the KKK or in a pack mentality bully or harass people till they take their lives. We already have plenty of ability to take ones citizenships now if we have evidence and have done our due diligence. What I think is more important is that they want to return, have learned something and could be an asset in preventing others from making the same mistake.
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    I don't believe in nationalism or patriotism. If a citizen defects to another country or organization opposing our country I'm not really outraged. Also, lots of people actually have good reasons for joining terrorist groups regardless of how evil terrorist groups are. Lots of Muslim young people join ISIS because ISIS promises them adventure, opportunity, and a dignified life with financial security which attracts lots of young people to their cause. They shouldn't lose their citizenship simply because they tried to find a better life for themselves. Every case should be judged on an individual basis. So no I don't think joining a terrorist group should automatically cost someone their citizenship.
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    My biggest objection to this proposal is that it is outward and “other” focuses. It reeks of xenophobia and hate. If we are serious about protecting the ideals of America then let’s apply this to domestic hate groups as well including those that prey on people of color and those in queer communities
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    The government should not be able to revoke citizenship. For any reason. If someone “defects” and then they are captured, prosecute and punish them accordingly. Being able to revoke citizenship is a slippery slope.
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    Those individuals just can't be trusted once they've joined a terrorist organization. The rhetoric they assigned themselves to isn't something that disappears at a blink of an eye. Those individuals could be bringing methods for destruction if America shows "sympathy "
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    But, start with the non-citizens that are here to hate first!
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    This bill would also go against the 14th amendment where it says "nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law". This bill can really test the boundaries of the amendment, and should be interpreted on the Federal level. If people are guilty then they should be charged with something along the lines of treason.
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    They pose a risk. Isn't that like a gang? Once you pledge your loyalty, life, you can never get out. Well that's how I look it from my perspective..lol!
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    Grow up and prove your ready to be a U. S. A. Citizen. Try again in 5 years. Bloom where you are planted.
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    HR 774 should mean the right wing of the Яepublican Party's white nationalists/ supremacists KKK, Nazis and treasonous adversarial Russian assets! There are tons of home grown terrorists. What happened to the constitutional due process of the law, who gets to decide⁉
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    The Ku Klux Klan is a terrorist group, and neo-Nazis killed Heather Hyer. Should those Americans have their citizenship revoked? It was Bush who invented this word and this word in its modern usage was coined because it is arbitrary and is meant to allow the US government to attack anyone for any reason, and call anyone a terrorist for any reason. The New York Times published an article about a murderer who upon serving his time graduated from Harvard and turned a new leaf. Christian Piccoulini was a neo-Nazi who turned a new leaf and founded a group called Life After Hate. This word is too arbitrary and gives the government too much power. Also terrorists are not just brown Muslims. Please stop being racist Countable!
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    If you pledge your allegiance to a foreign power, That is hostile to the United States of America then yes your citizenship should be revoked.
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    Yes. That is called treason!
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