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S. 2785 (115th): DETER Act

The text of the bill below is as of Apr 26, 2018 (Introduced).


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115th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 2785

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

April 26, 2018

(for himself and Mr. Graham) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To designate foreign persons who improperly interfere in United States elections as inadmissible aliens, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Defending Elections against Trolls from Enemy Regimes Act or DETER Act.

2.

Defined term

Section 101(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101(a)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(53)

The term improper interference in a United States election means conduct by an alien that—

(A)
(i)

violates Federal criminal, voting rights, or campaign finance law; or

(ii)

is under the direction of a foreign government; and

(B)

interferes with a general or primary Federal, State, or local election or caucus, including—

(i)

the campaign of a candidate; and

(ii)

a ballot measure, including—

(I)

an amendment;

(II)

a bond issue;

(III)

an initiative;

(IV)

a recall;

(V)

a referral; and

(VI)

a referendum.

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3.

Improper interference in United States elections

Section 212(a)(3) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1182(a)(3)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(H)

Improper interference in a United States election

Any alien who is seeking admission to the United States to engage in improper interference in a United States election, or who has engaged in improper interference in a United States election, is inadmissible.

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