CONCORD – Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jim Rubens is criticizing primary foe Scott Brown for suggesting that President Barack Obama issue an executive order revoking the citizenship of U.S. citizens fighting alongside the terrorist group ISIS.
Brown last Friday proposed that Congress immediately pass legislation that would strip these U.S. citizens of their citizenship. And he said that if Congress fails to act quickly, Obama should issue an executive order accomplishing the same objective.
“He likes executive orders,” Brown said. “This is one executive order that I’d agree with.”
Rubens on Friday criticized the overall Brown plan as unconstitutional and “a reaction based on fear and anger rather than smart counter-terrorism policy.”
Today, Rubens added that American suspected of aiding ISIS should be put on trial for treason and if found guilty, sentenced to death.
“I don’t believe that there is a single Republican in the nation who favors giving President Obama more power to remove constitutional rights by simply putting pen to paper,” Rubens said. “Our nominee must demand a check on executive branch overreach, not someone who advocates giving Obama more power.
“According to FindLaw.com, ‘Natural-born U.S. citizens may not have their citizenship revoked against their will.
“I am sickened by the atrocities of ISIS,” Rubens said. “As prescribed by Article III of the Constitution, any U.S. citizen who has materially aided ISIS should be tried for treason and sentenced to death.
“Scott Brown’s advocacy of unconstitutionally expanded executive branch powers parallels his vote to extend the Patriot Act which strips innocent citizens of privacy and due process protections.
“It is the solemn responsibility of a U.S. Senator to exercise sober and mature judgment in matters of war and peace. I encourage Scott Brown to reflect upon and retract his intemperate statement,” Rubens said.
Brown meanwhile today applauded British Prime Minister David Cameron for granting authorities in his country the power to seize passports of suspected ISIS terrorists and reiterated his call for congress to take similar action 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,” Brown said. “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.”
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.
Both bills died.