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Duncan introduces 'Terrorist Deportation Act' in US House

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US Rep. Jeff Duncan (File) US Rep. Jeff Duncan (File)

U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan (R, SC) introduced the “Terrorist Deportation Act” in the House of Representatives on Thursday, according to a news release from his office.

The congressman from the Upstate said the bill would make any non- US citizen on the Terrorist Screening Database (TSD) ineligible for travel to the United States, revokes the visas for any such people already in the US,  and provide for expedited deportation proceedings. Duncan said the people in the database are ones that homeland security professionals have already determined based on intelligence are the most likely to be involved in terrorist activity.

Duncan released this statement on the bill, arguing that the terror focus should be on foreign threats and not gun control for American citizens.

“It’s wrong to respond to the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Fort Hood, Boston, Chattanooga, Little Rock, San Bernardino, Orlando, St. Cloud, and Chelsea by punishing innocent, law-abiding Americans,” said Duncan.  “My bill will refocus the debate on the real homeland security issue of Islamic Terrorism rather than the false narrative of gun control. It is also important to remember that radical Islamic terrorists will use any and every tool at their disposal to kill those who oppose their beliefs; whether it is an airplane, a boat, truck, pressure-cooker, knife, or a gun. Any government official who focuses on the method more than the terrorists themselves is making a disastrous mistake. That is exactly what seems to be happening in government today, but I am hopeful that this legislation will correct that problem. 

This legislation respects due process, while reducing the number of people residing in the United States who appear on a terror watch list, thus freeing up limited law enforcement resources to pursue other cases. This has become of particular importance in recent months as there have been multiple acts of terrorism committed by people who had been previously investigated by the FBI for ties to terrorism. Freeing up law enforcement resources by reducing the number of people residing in the United States who are suspected of terrorism will keep America safer.

This is the better way – rather than harming the 2nd Amendment rights of American citizens, this bill will ensure that non-citizens suspected of terrorist ties are removed from the country. We know that more than 90% of the folks on this list aren’t American persons at all. This will take a concrete step towards making America safe again. 

I call on House leadership to do the smart thing and bring this bill to the floor for a vote to protect American lives.”

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