Cruz Fights to Revoke Citizenship From Americans Who Join Islamic State

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz has recently reintroduced legislation that would revoke the citizenship of any American who gets involved with the Islamic State or tries to join other terrorist organizations.

Cruz said he feels Trump’s new executive order temporary banning immigrants from countries with high volumes of terror is just one step. By revoking citizenship from anyone who is proven to be involved with the Islamic State or other terror organizations, U.S. citizens would be held accountable, as well.

According to the Washington Examiner, Cruz said that hundreds of American citizens have tried to join the Islamic State in recent years. He added that 124 U.S. citizens or green card holders have tried to join other jihadist groups since Sep. 11, 2001.

“This should be an idea that even Senate Democrats can support given that Hillary Clinton—when she was in the Senate—supported very similar legislation,” Cruz said.

But that’s not the case with civil libertarians who argue the legislation could revoke citizenship without due process.

“The awesome and horrible power of being able to take away the citizenship of an American citizen would be turned over to an unnamed bureaucrat,” Christopher Anders, senior legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union’s Washington legislative office, told USA Today in 2016. “It’s a highly unconstitutional bill. If it were to become law, I’m sure the Supreme Court would not let it stand.”

The Washington Examiner reports Cruz is fighting that statement and said the new legislation will use the same process that the government has used since 1926 to revoke citizenship from Americans who join foreign armies at war with the United States.

“This legislation is a common-sense step to recognize that people can [wage] war against America in more ways than one,” he said. “You don’t need to be a member of a nation-state military to be a terrorist at war with America.”

H/T: Washington Examiner

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