US lawmakers introduce bill to strip terror suspects of citizenship rights

[JURIST] A group of US lawmakers introduced a bill Thursday that would strip US citizenship rights from those suspected of engaging in terrorism. The Terrorist Expatriation Act (TEA), introduced by Senators Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) and Scott Brown (R-MA) and Representatives Jason Altmire (D-PA) and Charlie Dent (R-PA), would allow the State Department to revoke the citizenship of a US national who provides material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization (FTO) or who engages in or supports hostilities against the US or its allies. Under the proposed law, the State Department would make an administrative determination that a US Citizen has indicated an intent to renounce their citizenship by supporting an FTO. That individual would then have the right to appeal that determination within the State Department and then to a federal district court. The bill would amend an existing federal statute [8 USC s. 1481 text] that identifies seven ways Americans can lose their citizenship for engaging in specific acts “with the intention of relinquishing United States nationality.”


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