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Ted Cruz wants Americans who fight for ISIS to lose citizenship

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) introduced a bill that would immediately strip any defector who joined ISIS or any similar group in fighting the United States of their American citizenship, but some Democrats are objecting and asking that the legislation be brought before the Senate Judiciary Committee prior to voting.

Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) said of the bill, "Legislation that grants the government the ability to strip citizenship from Americans is a serious matter, raising significant constitutional issues."

Similar legislation regarding al Qaeda was introduced years ago by former Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Scott Brown (R-Mass.), the Washington Times reported.

"If we do not pass this legislation, the consequence will be that Americans fighting alongside ISIS today may come home tomorrow with a U.S. passport, may come home to New York or Los Angeles or Houston or Chicago and innocent Americans may be murdered if the Senate does not act today," Cruz said, adding that there is an "urgency and an exigency" surrounding the "common-sense legislation."