Should immigrants be prevented from entering the country if officers have a reason to believe that they are or were spies?
• “The active espionage efforts of the Chinese Communist Party to steal intellectual property is unacceptable. This legislation will serve to both punish and deter additional efforts to undermine American leadership through intellectual property theft.” Source: Sen. Thom Tillis (Republican, North Carolina)
• “It is past time to stop known Chinese spies from coming back into our country. Current laws only allow individuals to be denied entry if the consular officer has knowledge of future espionage plans. Our country needs to be protected so known bad actors are not allowed to steal from us again. I thank my House colleagues for joining me in this effort, and Senators Cruz, Rubio, Tillis, and Loeffler for introducing the Senate companion bill.” Source: Rep. Vicky Hartzler (Republican, Missouri, District 4)
Awaiting Vote .
The Protecting America from Spies Act seeks to amend section 12 of the Immigration and Nationality Act to require immigration officers to consider if an immigrant is suspected to have engaged in espionage against the United States. Sponsor: Sen. Ted Cruz (Republican, Texas)