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house Bill H.R. 425

Revoking the Passports of Members & Affiliates of Foreign Terrorist Organizations

Argument in favor

Revoking the U.S. passport of someone who has joined or supported a terrorist group will keep America safe, and making their passport only valid for travel back into the U.S. will bring them right into the hands of law enforcement.

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10/31/2017
COMMON SENCE, GET RID OF ALL WHO HATE AMERICA. DO NOT LET THEM IN, DO LIKE POLAND.
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mmurphy0127's Opinion
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10/31/2017
Terrorist organizations shouldn’t have the option to keep a passport.
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Linda's Opinion
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10/31/2017
This is the kind of travel ban that should be in effect. Not for a certain religious beliefs.
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Argument opposed

Potential terrorists will try to workaround having their passports revoked by obtaining falsified passports. And, if the would-be terrorists have second thoughts, revoking their passports may cut off their only way to escape.

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10/29/2017
The language "members and affiliates" makes me uneasy considering the steps our own government has made in brandishing activists, protesters, and Journalistd as radicals, and/or domestic terrorists. It's a slippery slope further down the authoritarian path we've been moving since the Patriot Act was enacted.
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10/31/2017
How is the government going to determine who has joined, aided, or is affiliated with a terrorist organization? Is there going to be due process? Is the government going to get approval to do this by a judge? There seems to be plenty of very important and unanswered questions here. We need to insure that there is a judicial process here to make sure it’s not a witch hunt.
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Matthew's Opinion
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10/31/2017
We have been safe this whole time from the kind of terrorism overseas. The real problem is domestic terrorism and easy access to guns.
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What is House Bill H.R. 425?

This bill would amend the Passport Act of 1926 to prohibit the Secretary of State from issuing a passport or passport card to any member, affiliate, or supporter of a foreign terrorist organization.

People who fit the above criteria could also have a passport or passport card that they already have revoked that by the Secretary of State. Before revoking the passport, the Secretary would be authorized to:

  • Limit a previously issued passport or passport card only for return travel to the U.S.

  • Issue a limited passport or passport card that only permits return travel to the U.S.

Persons whose passports are revoked, denied, or limited would have the ability to seek a review by the State Department within 60 days of receiving the notice.

Exceptions could be made in emergencies or for humanitarian reasons allowing for the issuance of a passport or passport card.

Impact

People holding U.S. passports who have joined, aided, or are affiliated with a foreign terrorist organization; the State Department and the Secretary of State.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 425

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) introduced this bill to allow for the revocation, denial, or limitation of passports of American citizens who are affiliated with foreign terrorist organizations:

"This bill will help law enforcement locate these individuals by preventing them from travelling internationally so that they can be captured and brought to justice. Most importantly, this legislation will prevent turned Americans from entering the United States undetected.  These people are not returning to America to open coffee shops; they are coming back to kill. We must stop them from coming back at all."
The Brookings Institution estimated that as of September 2014 there were more than 100 Americans who joined extremist groups fighting in Iraq and Syria. It is speculated that about 12 of them have joined ISIS. In April 2015, six people in Minnesota and San Diego were arrested by the FBI for attempting to secure falsified passports and travel to Syria, with intentions to join ISIS.

This legislation passed the House Foreign Affairs Committee on a voice vote and has the support of two cosponsors in the House, Reps. Bill Keating (D-MA) and Joe WIlson (R-SC). During the last session of Congress a nearly identical version of this bill passed the House by voice vote before stalling in the Senate.


Of NoteCanada has already started revoking the passports of citizens who have joined extremist groups, despite concerns that it would eliminate the ability of those who have second thoughts from returning home.

The British have attempted to deal with this problem with proposal to strip UK passport holders of their passport for up to 30 days if they attempt to leave and join terror groups, and then bar them from returning for two to three years.


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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user bewmies)

AKA

FTO Passport Revocation Act of 2017

Official Title

To authorize the revocation or denial of passports to individuals affiliated with foreign terrorist organizations, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Foreign Relations
  • The house Passed November 1st, 2017
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
      Oversight and Investigations
    IntroducedJanuary 10th, 2017

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    COMMON SENCE, GET RID OF ALL WHO HATE AMERICA. DO NOT LET THEM IN, DO LIKE POLAND.
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    The language "members and affiliates" makes me uneasy considering the steps our own government has made in brandishing activists, protesters, and Journalistd as radicals, and/or domestic terrorists. It's a slippery slope further down the authoritarian path we've been moving since the Patriot Act was enacted.
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    How is the government going to determine who has joined, aided, or is affiliated with a terrorist organization? Is there going to be due process? Is the government going to get approval to do this by a judge? There seems to be plenty of very important and unanswered questions here. We need to insure that there is a judicial process here to make sure it’s not a witch hunt.
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    We have been safe this whole time from the kind of terrorism overseas. The real problem is domestic terrorism and easy access to guns.
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    Do not trust this administration not to designate absolutely anyone they please as an “affiliate.”
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    Terrorist organizations shouldn’t have the option to keep a passport.
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    This sounds like another way to racially profile which this administration is so fond of doing. This is another slippery slope that I don’t feel this administration is qualified to make.
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    This is the kind of travel ban that should be in effect. Not for a certain religious beliefs.
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    Who decides who is part of a foreign terrorist group? What constitutes "affiliated?" It leaves too much power to ground US citizens based on an unreasonable fear of foreigners.
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    Anyone that would base their decision on which administration is in office, clearly puts their politics ahead of public safety. The bill is either a good one or a bad one. Period. 1) it is a bi-partisan bill. 2) There is an opportunity for review/appeal. 3) There is a vehicle/opportunity to appeal in the event of an emergency. 4) Canada, with an ultra-liberal Premier, Justin Trudeau, passed a similar bill. This is just common sense. To not allow them to move around the globe unhindered, but to be able to only return to the USA where they may face charges, is a no brainer!
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    What do we do about all the illegal ways they move about. Also, an attack from foreigners in America is very rare. The attacks here so far were mainly from Americans. This bill is a good idea but in actuality it won’t do much if anything to keep terrorists out. They are here because they are Americans
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    It should also add that those folks are not allowed to buy guns
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    The language "members and affiliates" makes me against this bill as it could include families and other who are not terrorists. And considering the steps our own government has made in brandishing activists, protesters, and journalists as radicals, and/or domestic terrorists. It's a slippery slope further down the authoritarian path we've been moving since Trump and his cabinet took office.
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    Make sure this happens!
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    Americans are much more worried about homegrown white terrorists like the Las Vegas shooter and the kid who just gunned down a Utah University student last night than any foreign enemies. Stop stirring up fear of foreigners so we’ll agree to sanction outrageous military budgets and endless wars instead of universal health care, jobs programs, $15 living wage, free college tuition and affordable housing!
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    this is a no brainer
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    How does the government propose to identify a “supporter”? It seems to me that the language of this bill is too vague and does not merit support in its present form. The current administration could determine that any person disagreeing with its policies is a “supporter” and human rights attributed to citizens could then be abridged further than has already been done since 9/11, an event that has irrevocably changed the path of our democracy. This government is showing all the signs of becoming authoritarian and isolationist. This bill would give away more of our freedoms.
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    Potential terrorists will try to workaround having their passports revoked by obtaining falsified passports. And, if the would-be terrorists have second thoughts, revoking their passports may cut off their only way to escape.
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    Very common sense legislation. Need to be doing all in our power to stop terrorism.
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    Get rid of them before they kill or destroy the USA. These muslims are not citizens, they should have no rights civil or otherwise.
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