In an effort to prevent traitorous Americans from joining ISIS, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) introduced legislation on Monday that would revoke their U.S. citizenships if they do.
Speaking on the Senate floor this afternoon, he explained why such legislation is finally necessary.
“ISIS is a study in oppression and brutality that is conducting ethnic cleansing against religious minorities in the region, that is targeting and persecuting Christians, and that is attempting to subject the local population to the strictest forms of Sharia Law,” he said. “And ISIS has gruesomely murdered U.S. civilians and, indeed, journalists on the public stage."
Washington lawmakers must therefore take two forms of action to protect Americans. First, he argued, securing all U.S. borders.
“It is beyond time for us to secure our borders,” he declared. “Representing the state of Texas, which has a border nearly 2,000 miles long, I know firsthand just how unsecure the border is right now."
"This week of all weeks with the anniversary of the September 11th attacks upon us, we can have no illusions that terrorists won’t try to make good on their specific threats to attack America," he continued. "And as long as our border isn’t secure, we’re making it far too easy for the terrorists to carry through on those promises.”
Secondly, he said, Washington lawmakers "should take commonsense steps to make fighting for or supporting ISIS a [citizenship-stripping offense].
“That is why I have today filed legislation which would amend the existing statue governing renunciation of United States citizenship," he announced.
“[Defeating ISIS] requires clear, decisive, unified action,” he continued. “And it is my hope that all of us will come together supporting such action.”