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senate Bill S. 1328

Should Foreign Nationals Who Interfered or Seek to Interfere With Elections be Prohibited From Entering the U.S.?

Argument in favor

This commonsense, bipartisan bill would deter foreign nationals from improperly interfering in American elections by making them ineligible for admission to the U.S. if they meddle.

SneakyPete's Opinion
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05/16/2019
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Kathy's Opinion
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05/16/2019
I assume we are referring to the 1000鈥檚 upon 1000鈥檚 of foreign nationals who are coming across our southern border illegally whom the 鈥渄emocrats鈥 voted to allow them to vote?
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Frances's Opinion
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last Saturday
Of course! This just makes sense, so I'm sure Republicans won't vote for it! They know those hostile foreign powers interfering in our elections favor them, and they don't care if they flout the will of the American people and become friendly with hostile foreign powers, so long as these keep them in power by their cheating and hostile acts!
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Argument opposed

Sanctioning individuals who meddle in U.S. elections and preventing them from entering the country is only a weak deterrent given that most will never even attempt to come here.

Curt's Opinion
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last Friday
A Durbin bill is a bill of deceit. Never trust this fool. I know he is my dead beat senator.
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Joe's Opinion
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last Friday
Another do-nothing bill with a cutesy acronym. I don't think this bill would deter anyone from interfering with elections. But I can see it being used to ban journalists who criticize politicians. So, doubly bad.
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Anne's Opinion
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last Friday
We must some those like Russia from attacking our election (and stop saying meddling, it is an attack even if the guy in the WH has a crush on putin!)
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      senate Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedMay 6th, 2019

What is Senate Bill S. 1328?

This bill 鈥 known as the DETER Act 鈥 would make foreign nationals seeking to engage in, or who have engaged in, improper interference in a U.S. election inadmissible. Improper interference in an election would defined as conduct that: 1) violates federal criminal, voting rights, or campaign finance law, or is under the direction of a foreign government; 2) interferes with any general or primary federal, state, or local election or caucus, including a candidate鈥檚 campaign or a ballot measure.

The bill鈥檚 full title is the Defending Elections against Trolls from Enemy Regimes (DETER) Act.

Impact

Individuals who meddle in U.S. elections; and federal agencies.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 1328

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthSponsoring Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) reintroduced this bill from the 115th Congress to make "improper interference in U.S. elections" a violation of U.S. immigration law and thereby prevent foreign governments from exploiting U.S. immigration laws to advance their efforts to undermine U.S. democracy: 

鈥淚n 2016, Russia committed an act of cyber war against our country.  Unfortunately, Congress has done little to prevent future efforts by Russia or others to influence and disrupt the 2020 elections. The bipartisan DETER Act would prohibit foreigners who improperly interfere in our elections from coming to the United States to further their schemes, and bar them from entering our country in the future.  Congress has a duty to act and protect one of the main pillars of our democracy 鈥 fair and credible elections.鈥 

Last Congress, Sen. Durbin introduced this bill to to deter foreign regimes from interfering in American elections by barring individuals who meddle from admission to the U.S.:

鈥淚n 2016, Russia committed an act of cyber war against our country and Congress has a responsibility to take immediate action to prevent Russia鈥檚 efforts to influence and disrupt the 2018 elections. The bipartisan DETER Act would prohibit foreigners who improperly interfere in our elections from coming to the United States to further their schemes, and bar them from entering our country in the future.鈥

Original cosponsor Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) added:

鈥淎s we saw in the 2016 elections, Vladimir Putin鈥檚 Russia is attempting to strike at the very heart of the democratic values, freedoms, and liberty all Americans hold dear. By barring foreigners who improperly interfere in our elections from coming to the United States, the DETER Act sends a message to hostile nations across the world that the United States will not tolerate foreign interference in our elections.鈥

This bill has three bipartisan Senate cosponsors, including two Republicans and one Democrat, in the 116th Congress. In the 115th Congress, it passed the Senate  Judiciary Committee with the support of three bipartisan Senate cosponsors (two Republicans and one Democrat) but didn't receive a full Senate vote.


Of Note: Special counsel Robert Mueller's indictment of Russians who traveled to the U.S. with the explicit purpose of learning more about American political and electoral processes and how they could interfere with those processes described how two individuals gathered intelligence during a three-week trip in June 2014. In the indictment, the special counsel described how these individuals "falsely claimed they were traveling for personal reasons" during a trip through Nevada, California, New Mexico, Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, Louisiana, Texas, and New York. On that trip, they collected intelligence to inform the Russian Internet Research Agency's operations.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: iStock / franckreporter)

AKA

DETER Act

Official Title

A bill to designate foreign persons who improperly interfere in United States elections as inadmissible aliens, and for other purposes.

    馃憤馃徎馃憤馃徎馃憤馃徎 The Deter act 馃憤馃徎馃憤馃徎馃憤馃徎 I鈥檓 in strong agreement with and recommend the passage of this commonsense, bipartisan bill (DeterAct) which would deter foreign nationals from improperly interfering in American elections by making them ineligible for admission to the U.S. if they meddle. SneakyPete..... 馃憤馃徎DeterAct馃憤馃徎. 5.26.19.....
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    I assume we are referring to the 1000鈥檚 upon 1000鈥檚 of foreign nationals who are coming across our southern border illegally whom the 鈥渄emocrats鈥 voted to allow them to vote?
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    Of course! This just makes sense, so I'm sure Republicans won't vote for it! They know those hostile foreign powers interfering in our elections favor them, and they don't care if they flout the will of the American people and become friendly with hostile foreign powers, so long as these keep them in power by their cheating and hostile acts!
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    We MUST STOP interference in our elections!! Including Republican voter suppression!!
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    Another do-nothing bill with a cutesy acronym. I don't think this bill would deter anyone from interfering with elections. But I can see it being used to ban journalists who criticize politicians. So, doubly bad.
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    Yes -- obviously. But let's address the REAL ISSUE. The current administration refuses to investigate just how widespread that interference was...because it was in their favor. Why would the Republicans in Congress work to solve this? It's like asking ANY Senator to vote for a DECREASE in salary or term limits. Not in their best interest, not going to happen.
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    We must some those like Russia from attacking our election (and stop saying meddling, it is an attack even if the guy in the WH has a crush on putin!)
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    We need common sense controls over one of our most important privileges.
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    At least it's something...
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    This Bill hardly goes far enough but I support it because it would keep Netanyahu out of the USA.
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    This is a start in the right direction. We need to be stronger in our protection of our right to vote without interference in our elections.
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    We have to protect our elections
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    A Durbin bill is a bill of deceit. Never trust this fool. I know he is my dead beat senator.
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