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GOP Lawmaker: Deport Non-Citizens On Terror Watch List

| by Michael Allen
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Republican Rep. Jeff Duncan of South Carolina called on President Barack Obama to deport non-citizens on terror-watch lists on July 15.

Duncan laid out his plan in a series of Tweets, according to ThinkProgress:

I call on @POTUS to 1) halt the Syrian refugee resettlement program 2) immediately deport any non-citizens listed on a terror-watch list.

Furthermore, we should indefinitely suspend all forms of immigration and visas from countries considered to be hotbeds for terrorism.

These are necessary & reasonable steps that our [government] can take to protect American lives & prevent our country from becoming a war-zone.

After a wave of criticism, Duncan added: "...My legislation gives all [non]-citizens a deportation hearing. Thus protecting due process."

It is unclear how non-citizens could be "immediately" deported and at the same time undergo a "deportation hearing," and there is an enormous backlog of immigrants consisting of 492,978 people who are waiting to be seen by immigration judges, notes ThinkProgress.

Neither "concrete facts" nor "irrefutable evidence" were required as of 2014 for the government to place someone on a watch list, of which there are several, The Intercept reported on June 15.

The Department of Homeland Security will reportedly not tell people why they are on its watch list or how they can appeal.

Those who have been wrongly placed on a watch list include the late Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts, Democratic Rep. John Lewis of Georgia and disabled Marine veteran Lyman Latin.

As of 2014, nearly half of those who appeared on the U.S. shared list of terror suspects were noted on the list as having "no recognized terrorist group affiliation."

"The federal watch lists that the compilers of rap sheets draw on for these notations are notoriously arbitrary and inaccurate," Ramzi Kassem, an associate professor at CUNY School of Law, said in March. "People are placed on these lists without ever being told why or given an opportunity to contest their listing. And the lists appear to focus disproportionately on individuals with Muslim-sounding names."

Sources: ThinkProgress, Rep. Jeff Duncan/Twitter, The Intercept / Photo Credit: U.S. House of Representatives/Wikimedia Commons

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