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H.R. 237 (114th): FTO Passport Revocation Act of 2015

The text of the bill below is as of Jan 9, 2015 (Introduced).


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114th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 237

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 9, 2015

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs

A BILL

To authorize the revocation or denial of passports and passport cards to individuals affiliated with foreign terrorist organizations, and for other purposes.

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Short title

This Act may be cited as the FTO Passport Revocation Act of 2015.

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Revocation or denial of passports and passport cards to individuals affiliated with foreign terrorist organizations

The Act entitled An Act to regulate the issue and validity of passports, and for other purposes, approved July 3, 1926 (22 U.S.C. 211a et seq.), commonly known as the Passport Act of 1926, is amended by adding at the end the following:

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Authority to deny or revoke passport and passport card

(a)

Ineligibility

(1)

Issuance

Except as provided under subsection (b), the Secretary of State may not issue a passport or passport card to any individual whom the Secretary has determined is a member of or is otherwise affiliated with, or is aiding, assisting, abetting, or is otherwise helping an organization the Secretary has designated as a foreign terrorist organization pursuant to section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1189).

(2)

Revocation

The Secretary of State shall revoke a passport or passport card previously issued to any individual described in paragraph (1).

(b)

Exceptions

(1)

Emergency and humanitarian situations

Notwithstanding subsection (a), the Secretary of State may issue a passport or passport card, in emergency circumstances or for humanitarian reasons, to an individual described in paragraph (1) of such subsection.

(2)

Limitation for return to United States

Notwithstanding subsection (a)(2), the Secretary of State, before revocation, may—

(A)

limit a previously issued passport or passport card only for return travel to the United States; or

(B)

issue a limited passport or passport card that only permits return travel to the United States.

(c)

Report

If the Secretary of State issues or limits a passport or passport card under subsection (b), the Secretary shall, not later than 30 days after such issuance or limitation, submit to Congress a report on such issuance or limitation, as the case may be.

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