MANCHESTER - Today, Scott Brown praised British Prime Minister David Cameron for granting authorities the power to seize the passports of suspected ISIS terrorists, and reiterated his call for Congress to immediately take similar action here in the United States:
“I applaud David Cameron for taking decisive action to make it harder for homegrown ISIS fighters to return to the UK. We need to take similar action here in America. When Americans join foreign terrorist organizations, they have effectively renounced their citizenship. Hundreds of Americans have reportedly gone overseas to fight with ISIS. We need to bar them from re-entering the country because of the very real threat they pose to the homeland."
On Friday, as United States intelligence reports indicated that as many as 300 Americans are fighting alongside ISIS in Iraq and Syria, Brown called on Congress to immediately pass legislation that would strip homegrown terrorists of their American citizenship. In 2010, Brown introduced the bipartisan Terrorist Expatriation Act, which would revoke the citizenship of those “providing material support or resources to a Foreign Terrorist Organization” or “actively engaging” in “hostilities against the United States or its allies.” In 2011, he introduced another similar piece of legislation called the Enemy Expatriation Act.