Mark Levin: Americans Joining ISIS Relinquish Their U.S. Citizenship

By Michael Morris | September 4, 2014 | 3:41pm EDT

In a stunning admission, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel informed the public that there is a problem with foreign fighters aiding the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham, inlcuding, at least, 100 U.S. citizens.

U.S. Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, said the following about this development:

“We have acknowledged publicly, we are aware of over 100 U.S. citizens, who have U.S. passports, who are fighting in the Middle East with ISIL forces. There may be more.  We don’t know.”

Levin responded to Hagel’s alarming admission with the following:

“Okay. Now, the way I see it, you’re Secretary of Defense, and you now pose a problem. What’s the fix?

“And this is why I think so many of you are frustrated.

“Okay. We got it. These animals hate us. Some of them, have either come into our country from other countries and settled or have been born here, but they’ve now joined the enemy. Now what are we going to do about it?

“I have said time and again now, that these people have, by their own actions, relinquished their United States Citizenship. They should not be permitted back into the country, and if the crackpots insist on judicial review, it should be judicial review by a military tribunal. That’s the way it is supposed to be done, and not on our own territory, at Guantanamo Bay.”

Levin went on to explain the foundation for his suggestion that U.S. citizens fighting for ISIS have “relinquished their United States citizenship.”

Section 349 of the Immigration and Nationality Act 8 U.S.C. 1481 as amended is that foundation, and it explains how citizens are subject to losing their citizenship if they, voluntarily and with the intent to relinquish U.S. citizenship, perform at least one of seven specified acts.

Levin then stated, “[B]y their acts, in joining the Islamo-Nazis, we should use common sense, and certainly, interpret that to mean an intention to relinquish U.S. citizenship.”

The two specified acts that Levin says matter the most to him are as follows:

(1) taking an oath or making an affirmation or other formal declaration of allegiance to a foreign state or a political subdivision thereof, after having attained the age of eighteen years; or

(2) entering, or serving in, the armed forces of a foreign state if (A) such armed forces are engaged in hostilities against the United States, or (B) such persons serve as a commissioned or noncommissioned officer.

But Levin does not stop there. He then, half-jokingly, addresses a question that many Americans are likely concerned about:

“See, I’ve got a phone and a pen too.

"Terrorists. Terrorists.

"If these, so-called, U.S. citizens are joining up with the enemy that has decapitated two Americans and done far worse to more Americans and more people – horrific acts of evil – well then, they are not to be citizens any longer.

“Now this is percolating out there, but it’s not percolating enough. So when you have the Secretary of Defense talk about, there’s 100 of these people, at least, maybe more, it’s not enough to tell us about it. What the hell are you going to do about it?”

Finally, Levin ties this into something that many more Americans are concerned about – the border. Levin, in the past, has suggested, and reiterated just yesterday, that:

“We are going to get hit, and we are going to get hit as a result of our ‘laxed security – border security and other forms of security. We are going to get hit! And it will be a soft target, as I’ve also tried to explain.

“It will be horrendous.

“It will be in a sort of place where you and I, and your family members, frequent – a large grocery store; a sporting event, perhaps a high school stadium; one of our subway systems; a mall, a large mall, particularly in states that have disarmed its populations; movie theatres; amusement parks; Disney World; Universal; you name it – all there for the pickin’s, because they will not secure the border. They will not secure the border!

“And to this day we have people like Louis Gutierrez, running around, insisting on open immigration, insisting on open borders, so blinded by their racism, so blinded by their hate that the country really doesn’t matter. The country really doesn’t matter.

“All of these things are related. All of these things are related.”

You can find a complete listing of the specified acts mentioned in 8 U.S.C. 1481 above on Cornel University School of Law’s site.

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