The Blaze: Ted Cruz: Keep Americans who fight with terrorist groups out of America
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Friday announced the reintroduction of legislation that would prevent any American from returning home to the U.S. if they leave the country to fight with a terrorist organization.
His legislation, the Expatriate Terrorist Act, is a response to some instances in which Americans have left to support these groups, and then were allowed to return home. Cruz and other Republicans pushed for similar legislation last year, but the Republican-led House and Senate gives the bill a much better chance of passing Congress this year.
"From Syria to Iraq to Yemen, it is clear that when America withdraws from the world, the world becomes a more dangerous place," he said. "We must take bold action to protect our homeland by declaring that Americans who have traveled abroad to fight with radical Islamic terrorists have renounced their citizenship, and we must preempt any of their efforts to re-enter the country and launch further attacks on Americans."
Cruz's bill is cosponsored by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), and a House version of the bill will be offered by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa).