US lawmakers introduced bill to strip terror suspects of citizenship rights

On May 6, 2010, US lawmakers introduced legislation that would strip US citizenship rights from those suspected of engaging in terrorism. The Terrorist Expatriation Act (TEA), introduced by Senators Joseph Lieberman and Scott Brown, in addition to Representatives Jason Altmire and Charlie Dent, would have allowed the State Department to revoke the citizenship of a US national who provides material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization or who engages in or supports hostilities against the US or its allies. Under the proposed law, the State Department would have made an administrative determination that a US citizen has indicated an intent to renounce their citizenship by supporting a terror organization. That individual would then have had the right to appeal the determination within the State Department and then to a federal district court.



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