U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., has introduced a bill that would prevent U.S. citizens who have gone to fight with Islamic State terrorists from returning to the United States.
Not only would they be barred from re-entering the country, they would lose their passport and the process of stripping them of their citizenship would begin, Bachmann told Greta Van Susteren on Monday’s “On the Record.”
“This is common sense,” the congresswoman said. “We can’t allow these Islamic State fighters to come back into this country.”
The bipartisan legislation is a result of answers Bachmann received earlier this year when she asked the FBI what would happen if terrorists from her state tried to return home. She explained to Glenn Beck what she was told, according to Breitbart News, which reported:
“Two from my state were the first Americans who were fighting for ISIS,” Bachmann told The Glenn Beck Program. “I had gone earlier this year and asked the FBI, ‘Are there any Minnesotans that are over fighting with ISIS?’ It was classified information at the time, I couldn’t reveal it. Now everyone knows.”
“At that time, these two hadn’t been killed yet. So what I asked is, ‘OK, once they’re done fighting with ISIS, what’s going to happen if they try to return?’ And they said, ‘Well, they’ll come into the country.’ Are you kidding me? We are not going to prevent them from coming into the United States?’”
State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki was asked during a Sept. 2 press briefing whether someone would lose their passport for joining a terrorist group. “It’s not as black and white as that,” she said.
Bachman said they are put on a terror watch list and have to go through extra airport screening.
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