Cruz: Strip citizenship from Americans who join terrorist groups

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzHillicon Valley: Twitter flags Trump tweet for 'glorifying violence' | Cruz calls for criminal investigation into Twitter over alleged sanctions violations | Senators urge FTC to investigate TikTok child privacy issues Cruz calls for criminal investigation into Twitter over alleged Iranian sanction violations On The Money: Trump signs order targeting social media firms' legal protections | 2M more Americans file new jobless claims, pushing total past 40M | White House to forgo summer economic forecast amid COVID-19, breaking precedent MORE (R-Texas) is renewing his push to strip Americans who knowingly join ISIS or other terrorist groups of their citizenship. 

"The Expatriate Terrorist Act will ensure that any American who forfeits their country to intentionally join [the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria] will have their citizenship stripped and won’t be able to use a U.S. passport to come back and murder American citizens," the Texas Republican said in a statement. 
 
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Cruz reintroduced the legislation on Tuesday, arguing it's a necessary step to combat "radical Islamic terror." 

 
 
Under the legislation, an individual could have their U.S. citizenship revoked if they pledge allegiance to, work for or serve in the military of a group or government designated as a foreign terrorist organization; commit treason against or try to overthrow the U.S. government, or provide material support to a terrorist group. 
 
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Cruz's bill would also let the secretary of State deny a passport to someone who joined or is trying to join a terrorist organization or is a "threat to the national security interest of the United States." 
 
An individual would have 60 days to try to appeal the State Department's decision. 
 
Cruz's renewal of his legislation comes as the White House is entangled in a legal battle over President Trump's executive order temporarily banning refugees and nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries. 
 
Cruz previously floated that his legislation should be paired with cracking down on the acceptance of refugees from certain countries. 
 
"Congress should act to prevent Americans who have travelled abroad for training from returning here, and to stop the flow of refugees from hotbeds of terrorism in the Middle East that President Obama is determined to bring to our country," he said last year.