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      Senate Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedApril 26th, 2018

What is it?

This bill — known as the DETER Act — 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’s campaign or a ballot measure.

The bill’s 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

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthSponsoring Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced this bill to deter foreign regimes from interfering in American elections by barring individuals who meddle from admission to the U.S.:

“In 2016, Russia committed an act of cyber war against our country and Congress has a responsibility to take immediate action to prevent Russia’s 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.”

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

“As we saw in the 2016 elections, Vladimir Putin’s 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.”

Graham is the bill’s lone cosponsor.


Media:

Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: iStock / franckreporter)

AKA

Defending Elections against Trolls from Enemy Regimes Act

Official Title

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

    Why does congress waste time on simple things like this? Is it so they can say they passed more bills? If someone interferes in an election than there is a motive to harm the US, what do you think they would want to do if they gained entry to the US? Get back to work and impeach the lunatic!!!!
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    This seems like a misguided attempt to make the American people feel that Congress is actually doing something about the Russian hacking of the 2016 Elections. We need sanction and prosecution, not meaningless laws that can't or won't be enforced.
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    Any politician who asks for or accepts help from a foreign national should be banned from politics and Lobbying for LIFE.
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    Of course they should. Protecting our own elections from foreign interference is basic.
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    Why is this even a Question?!?!
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    Of course foreign nationals who interfere or try to interfere with elections should not be allowed to enter the US. At the same time US citizens who cooperate with these actions should be arrested for treason and place on trial.
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    Yes, meddling with a country's democratic election IS AN ACT OF POLITICAL TERRORISM. Anybody engaged in such an activity must be viewed as enemy of the people and be banned.
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    Of course. Duh.
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    Of course and as soon as possible you can buy a plane ticket for the president and send him on his way.
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    No way should we allow election meddlers in ....NEVER EVER. 8*17*18 ....... SneakyPete
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    Foreign people who are known to have interfered in the functioning of our government in anyway, especially our elections, shouldn't be allowed in this country.
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    Is this actually a real question. Another no brainer for the gop to pretend it’s legislating.
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    Putin has his hands in many pies, let's not have our elections be one of them.
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    We routinely interfere in other countries elections continually, we don't really get to cry foul now just because they picked the wrong (from your perspective) candidate.
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    Foreign Nationals are not citizens and “any involvement” in our election process should be grounds for returning them and their children to their home country. No separating the children, no concentration camps, but send them home and make this clearly known upon arrival.
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    For the rationale for my support for this bill, please view the newly release film, “Active Measures”....here: https://www.fandangonow.com/details/movie/active-measures-2018/MMVB543933172CA6DBA13286CCBC16904D72
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    We let millions of illegals interfere with our elections every 2 years. Let’s put a stop to all interference.
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    Waste of money. You will never prosecute and it has no teeth. You want to do something meaningful, people need to show id before they vote. We need id for almost everything else we do. That includes buy a phone. Anyone with a phone has id. That is what you do if you actually want to protect the ballot box.
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    Yes, But also add a clause that states that any American Citizen who interferes with an election at any level, shall be forced to exit the United States and also relinquish their citizenship. This would include any entity, politicians, religious entities, law enforcement, judiciary and presidents. They must also be forced into imprisonment for one year on the “plastic island” in the Pacific Ocean.
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    Of course they cannot come here and that includes Trumps bestie Vlad.
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