Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R) was stunned when she questioned the FBI about what would happen to American citizens who have gone overseas to fight with the Islamic State, and then try to return to the United States.
“Two from my state were the first Americans who were fighting for ISIS,” she began on The Glenn Beck Program Tuesday. “I had gone earlier this year and asked the FBI, ‘Are there any Minnesotans that are over fighting with ISIS?’ It was classified information at the time, I couldn’t reveal it. Now everyone knows.”
“At that time, these two hadn’t been killed yet,” Bachmann continued. “So what I asked is, ‘OK, once they’re done fighting with ISIS, what’s going to happen if they try to return?’ And they said, ‘Well, they’ll come into the country.'”
“Are you kidding me?” Bachmann remarked. “We are not going to prevent them from coming into the United States?'”
Bachmann said she is introducing legislation “so that anyone with a U.S. passport who’s gone to fight with ISIS or any of these jihadist groups, they are prevented from coming into the United States.”
“In my opinion, they should lose their American citizenship,” she added. “Because at that point, you have turned against the United States. ISIS has declared the United States as their enemy. Once you join an enemy army … you should, by definition, lose your American citizenship, therefore your passport. You should have no ability to get back into the United States.”
The Islamic State beheaded American journalist James Foley two weeks ago, and released horrific video of the act on social media. On Tuesday, Islamic State militants seemingly beheaded a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff.
“There’s more hostages yet, Glenn,” Bachmann warned. “This is not the end. There are more American hostages, and just realize — anyone could potentially [become] a hostage.”
Bachmann said letting Islamic State combatants back into the United States would be a horrific mistake, and the extremists would be capable of “wreaking havoc” once they arrived.
Watch part of Bachmann’s interview, below.
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