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H.R. 3442: Defending Elections against Trolls from Enemy Regimes Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jun 24, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 3442

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 24, 2019

(for himself, Mr. Chabot, Mr. McClintock, Mr. Gaetz, Mr. Steube, Mr. Cline, Mr. Armstrong, and Mr. Buck) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide that aliens who engage in improper interference in a United States election are inadmissible and deportable, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Defending Elections against Trolls from Enemy Regimes Act or the 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 performed by any person acting as an agent of or on behalf of a foreign government or criminal enterprise; and

(B)

includes any covert, fraudulent, deceptive, or unlawful act or attempted act, undertaken with the purpose or effect of undermining public confidence in election processes or institutions, or influencing, undermining confidence in, or altering the result or reported result of, a general or primary Federal, State, or local election or caucus, including—

(i)

the campaign of a candidate; or

(ii)

a ballot measure, including an amendment, a bond issue, an initiative, a recall, a referral, or a referendum.

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3.

Improper interference in United States elections

(a)

Inadmissibility

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 a consular officer, the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Secretary of State, or the Attorney General knows, or has reasonable grounds to believe, is seeking admission to the United States to engage in improper interference in a United States election, or has engaged in improper interference in a United States election, is inadmissible.

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(b)

Deportability

Section 237(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1227(a)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(8)

Improper interference in a United States election

Any alien who has engaged, is engaged, or at any time after admission engages in improper interference in a United States election is deportable.

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