This bill would amend the existing law that describes actions that are grounds for loss of a citizen’s status as a U.S. national to include joining, supporting, or pledging allegiance to a foreign terrorist organization.
Under current law the State Dept. can revoke the U.S. nationality of Americans who formally renounce their citizenship, become citizens of or pledge allegiance to foreign nations, engage in hostilities against the U.S., or are convicted of treason. This legislation would expand that list to include the following actions as grounds for the loss of U.S. citizenship:
Taking an oath or making a declaration of allegiance to a foreign terrorist organization after attaining the age of 18;
Entering, or serving in, a foreign terrorist organization;
Becoming a member of, or providing training or material assistance to, a foreign terrorist organization;
Accepting, serving in, or performing the duties of any office, post, or employment under the government of a foreign state or political subdivision, or a foreign terrorist group if the person knowingly declares allegiance to that government or group.
The Secretary of State would be prohibited from issuing a passport to a person who is a member, or is attempting to become a member of a foreign terrorist group. If such a passport has already been issued, the Secretary would be required to revoke that passport.
A person who is denied a passport or has their passport revoked or restricted may request a due process hearing within 60 days of receiving notice of the non-issuance, revocation, or restriction.