BEHNA: Ted Cruz Introduces Legislation That Revokes Citizenship For Americans Joining ISIS

On Tuesday, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) introduced the Expatriate Terrorist Act (ETA) of 2017, which revokes citizenship for Americans who join ISIS under certain circumstances.

Below is part of his press release about the bill.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today introduced the Expatriate Terrorist Act (ETA) of 2017, which would allow the U.S. government under certain circumstances to revoke the citizenship of Americans who knowingly join or provide material support to foreign terrorist organizations such as ISIS. Rep. Steve King, (R-Iowa), is sponsor of companion legislation in the U.S. House. The ETA would close a loophole that currently permits revocation for Americans who join foreign states, but not for those who join non-state terrorist groups. Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) are Senate cosponsors of the ETA, which Sen. Cruz originally introduced in 2014.

You can read the full response here.

It appears to be a good bill, including when his colleague Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) is a cosponsor.

Cruz told the Washington Examiner what he thought about revoking citizenships.

If an American citizen travels abroad and joins a terrorist group waging jihad on America, attempting to murder innocent Americans, this legislation would strip that individual of their U.S. citizenship, so that we would not have terrorists returning to America using U.S. passports.

It is another reason why I love Ted Cruz because he perseveres and never gives up.

There must be severe consequences for those who associate with ISIS or any other terrorist organization.

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