By Mario Trujillo - 09/05/14 01:14 PM EDT
Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzPence offers Cruz 'heartfelt thanks' for Trump endorsement Cruz: Trump hasn't apologized for personal insults Cruz says he forgives Trump for attacks on family MORE (R-Texas) is slated to introduce legislation next week that would revoke the U.S. citizenship of anyone fighting or providing support to terrorist groups working to attack the United States.
Cruz said he is filing the Expatriate Terrorist Act in reaction to the threat posed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). It would provide another level of protection to prevent foreign fighters from re-entering the United States, he said.
“There can be no clearer renunciation of their citizenship in the United States, and we need to do everything we can to preempt any attempt on their part to re-enter our country and carry out further attacks on American civilians.”
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) gave support to a similar proposal in a Time magazine op-ed Thursday.
Cruz's bill would apply to those providing support only to foreign terrorist groups and would result in that person technically renouncing his citizenship "with the intent of supplanting his U.S. citizenship with loyalty to a terrorist organization."
The Pentagon believes about a dozen U.S. citizens are fighting with ISIS and 100 Americans are inside of Syria.
Cruz received his first legislative victory earlier this year when President Obama signed his bill into law that would prevent a U.N. ambassador from entering the United States if that ambassador was a known terrorist.
The bill was filed in reaction to Iran naming its ambassador to the U.N., based in New York, who had links to the group involved in the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis.