I'm voting YEA, with reservations.
Under current law the State Dept. can revoke the U.S. nationality of Americans who formally renounce their citizenship, become citizens of or pledge allegiance to foreign nations, engage in hostilities against the U.S., or are convicted of treason. This legislation would expand that list to include the following actions as grounds for the loss of U.S. citizenship:
• Taking an oath or making a declaration of allegiance to a foreign terrorist organization after attaining the age of 18;
• Entering, or serving in, a foreign terrorist organization;
• Becoming a member of, or providing training or material assistance to, a foreign terrorist organization;
• Accepting, serving in, or performing the duties of any office, post, or employment under the government of a foreign state or political subdivision, or a foreign terrorist group if the person knowingly declares allegiance to that government or group.
The Secretary of State would be prohibited from issuing a passport to a person who is a member, or is attempting to become a member of a foreign terrorist group. If such a passport has already been issued, the Secretary would be required to revoke that passport.
A person who is denied a passport or has their passport revoked or restricted may request a DUE PROCESS [emphasis mine] hearing within 60 days of receiving notice of the non-issuance, revocation, or restriction.
Even though this bill refers solely to foreign terrorist groups, there are legitimate concerns that need to be addressed in the bill.
As Countable member Michael said:
Step 1) Make it so terrorists lose citizenship.
Step 2) Classify people who disagree with you as terrorists.
Step 3) Deport opposition.
If you read the opinions posted for this bill, you will see quite a few people WANT domestic groups that THEY consider terrorists to be covered by the bill! Couldn't the definition of "terrorist" be changed by whoever is in power? We have been seeing our rights get infringed right and left, so that we can't hardly speak out loud anymore without someone accusing us of hate speech or racism or something!
That being said, here's a case that IMO justifies Senator Cruz's bill:
Teen Who Thought He Was Flying Overseas To Join ISIS Busted by FBI
By Ben Marquis, APRIL 3, 2017 AT 6:04PM
Even though the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria has suffered serious setbacks in recent months, that hasn’t stopped brainwashed goons and dedicated would-be jihadists from attempting to join the so-called caliphate.
One such individual was an 18-year-old South Carolinian who was arrested Thursday at the Charleston International Airport right before boarding a flight to the Middle East, according to The Daily Caller.
The man’s name is Zakaryia Abdin, and he is currently being held at the Charleston county jail pending hearings and additional terrorism-related charges.
According to a Justice Department news release, Abdin has been charged with attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, in this case the Islamic State group.
Abdin had been under surveillance by an FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force and was taken into custody in the terminal of the airport before he was able to board a flight leaving the country.
According to Charleston’s The Post and Courier, this actually isn’t the first time Abdin has run afoul of the law for terrorism-related crimes. He had even served time previously on a juvenile conviction.
Abdin, an American citizen whose family came from Syria, was arrested on a gun charge in 2015 at the age of 16 when it was discovered that he intended to rob a gun store and then murder American military service members as an act of revenge for U.S. military actions in the Middle East.
Even though Abdin was found guilty and sentenced to remain in a juvenile detention facility until he was 21, a parole board decided to release him in May 2016, against the wishes of prosecutors and local law enforcement.
Hopefully this time the wanna-be jihadist is not summarily released back into the world to try yet again to murder innocent Americans.
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