WASHINGTON, D.C.--Today, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism, introduced H.R. 425, the FTO Passport Revocation Act. This legislation would authorize the revocation or denial of passports and passport cards to individuals affiliated with designated foreign terrorist organizations.  A version of the same bill passed the House unanimously in the 114th Congress. The updated version of the bill allows the accused to request a hearing to ensure that their due process rights are protected, no matter where they are.

 Chairman Poe: “Daily, deadly attacks around the world remind us that radical Islamic terrorists are spreading their murderous rampage far beyond the Middle East. The threat to our citizens from these groups has never been greater. But some of our own have unfortunately travelled to the terrorist hotbeds in Syria and beyond to fight for the other side. These Benedict Arnold traitors, who have turned against America and joined the ranks of foreign radical terrorist armies, should lose all rights afforded to our citizens.

 This bill will help law enforcement locate these individuals by preventing them from travelling internationally so that they can be captured and brought to justice. Most importantly, this legislation will prevent turned Americans from entering the United States undetected.  These people are not returning to America to open coffee shops; they are coming back to kill. We must stop them from coming back at all.”


Poe is Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism.