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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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larubia's Opinion
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01/17/2020
Foriegn Nationals who interfere in our elections should not be allowed to enter the US, with the exception of testifying to their crimes in a court or an impeachment hearing.
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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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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.

Michael's Opinion
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06/02/2019
It is a waste of paper. First, assigning attribution is difficult. Second, it does not address how we will punish foreign countries for their actions against our elections. Third, foreign actors are very well versed on how the "sheople" of the US are easily swayed, manipulated, and drawn into ignorant world views (AOC, Sanders, the the elected ISIS members in Congress). Americans are easily fooled. Not out of lack of information, but the overload of information and being trained to live by their "feelings" versus logic. If an US citizen obtains their political worldview from social media and stupid college professors, foreign actors have a real easy job. Legislation cannot fix a stupid citizenry.
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DeeCheri's Opinion
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06/01/2019
We deserve a bill with some actual teeth to it to protect our elections.
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Ken's Opinion
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06/01/2019
This penalty is too small and not in the right form. We need legislation that restricts
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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)

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DETER Act

Official Title

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

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    IntroducedMay 6th, 2019
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    Foriegn Nationals who interfere in our elections should not be allowed to enter the US, with the exception of testifying to their crimes in a court or an impeachment hearing.
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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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    It is a waste of paper. First, assigning attribution is difficult. Second, it does not address how we will punish foreign countries for their actions against our elections. Third, foreign actors are very well versed on how the "sheople" of the US are easily swayed, manipulated, and drawn into ignorant world views (AOC, Sanders, the the elected ISIS members in Congress). Americans are easily fooled. Not out of lack of information, but the overload of information and being trained to live by their "feelings" versus logic. If an US citizen obtains their political worldview from social media and stupid college professors, foreign actors have a real easy job. Legislation cannot fix a stupid citizenry.
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    Absolutely, however I fail to see how this will deter foreign governments from attempting to interfere in our elections in the future; these foreign nationals are expendable, they know the risks they are taking when they participate in anti-democratic activities in a foreign nation鈥檚 elections鈥攑rohibiting them from admission or deporting them will not stop their actions, domestic or remote. Election interference will become more sophisticated, and we must preempt this sophistication, that is we must learn from documents such as the Mueller Report (Volume 1), we must learn from elections in our states where those elections have been tainted in some way, we must learn from every hacked government database and website. I would task the Congress to create a commission or committee in order to investigate and legislate these things.
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    We deserve a bill with some actual teeth to it to protect our elections.
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    This penalty is too small and not in the right form. We need legislation that restricts
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    The bill is far too watered down but is a start.
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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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    Our elections must be inviolate that is why the Mueller report MUST be interrogated including testimony by Mueller!
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    ABSOLUTELY !!!! THIS IS A NO-BRAINER...
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    We should take active steps against any foreign individuals or organizations who attempt to meddle in our elections. Why Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell does not want to face this situation is incomprehensible, unless he is beholding to outside powers.
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    This is a weak compromise but it has merit as far as it goes (not far). We need a chief executive who will do what Trump will not, defend our elections from all foreign interference. That Trump and many of his follows are okay with Russian interference in our 202 election because it benefits their side is unconscionable, corrupt, and amoral.
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    If it will keep Putin from coming to the US, then yes, but it won't stop those who are actually doing the hacking.
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    This is common sense.
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    Please support this bill.
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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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    This is a first step. We need more election protections
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    We have to protect our elections
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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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