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Bill to Deport Terrorists on US Terror Database Reintroduced by Rep. Duncan

Legislation that would require deportation of anyone that law enforcement officials have placed in the Terrorist Screening Database (TSDB) who isn’t a citizen or a permanent resident eligible for immediate and mandatory deportation proceedings, was reintroduced by Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC).

The Terrorist Deportation Act is similar to legislation Duncan filed in September 2016.

“This new administration provides an opportunity for us to get serious about securing our country again and to get tough with the terrorists who threaten the safety of our citizens,” Duncan said. “My bill will make it harder for suspected terrorists to come to America and easier for our law enforcement and counterterrorism professionals to remove suspected terrorists who are already here.”

Duncan’s office said, “Under current procedures, when law enforcement officials have reasonable grounds of suspicion that a person might be a terrorist, they enter that person into the Terrorist Screening Database. The TSDB is estimated to have roughly one million people listed, of whom around 5 percent are US persons (defined as either citizens or permanent residents) The bill first makes those listed in the TSDB inadmissible into the country, then makes those who are in the country eligible for mandatory expedited deportation proceedings.  The bill also creates a due process hearing for those on the TSDB who may have been placed there by mistake.

“It is important to note that this legislation will provide alegal avenue for those mistakenly in the terrorist database and the related no-fly list,” Duncan said. “While we are making America safer for our citizens, we must also do everything we can to protect the rights of American citizens who are mistakenly caught up in terror investigations. My legislation seeks to achieve that balance point.”
 

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