International Meagan’s Law, another bill of attainder

International Meagan’s Law (bill 4573) has been winding its way through congress. It passed the house in July and has just been placed into calendars in the Senate.

This bill would make passports for registered citizens only valid for 1 year (instead of 10). The law would require registered citizens to report all their travel itinerary directly to the department responsible before 21 days of international travel. Failure to do so is cause for prosecution the same as “failure to register.” This law will apply to all registered citizens, regardless of whether their state requires them to submit travel information or not. Every time a registered citizen attempts to travel, an INTERPOL alert will be put on the passport, warning the receiving country that the registered citizen is likely there to commit a crime. This alert has nothing to do with risk factors. Immigrations will meet you at the airplane and send you back home. The length of time that this law will apply to each registered citizens will be governed by the SORNA tiers, not by State Law. Thus, if a citizen’s duty to register would have expired after 10 years or 15 years, this time can be extended under International Megan’s Law to match whatever the SORNA tiers. For most registrants this will mean 25 years or life.

The full text of this law can be read at: https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/4573/all-actions-with-amendments

While ICE and US Marshals have *already* been implementing some of these policies against registered citizens, they are doing so under an administrative directive less stringent than the proposed International Meagan’s Law.

The only hope of defeating this bill is if every individual contacts their senator and argues against it. Please make your voices heard.

International Meagan’s law is ostensibly to prevent sex trafficking. However, it targets only registered citizens and the research bears out that 99% of new sex crimes are committed by those not on the registry. Stopping sex trafficking is a good thing. This law will not stop sex trafficking but rather make it impossible for registered citizens to travel with their families in the same way that presence restrictions make it difficult for them to visit parks with their families and school functions with their families, etc.

Please, please write your senator. Please get involved. This is the only chance to make a difference on this bill. Once it is enacted into law, it won’t be going away and will likely only become more restrictive over time (as we have seen happen with all other registration laws.)

Use the link provided to determine your US reps and have as many people as possible make contact by phone, email, or snail mail.

http://www.contactingthecongress.org/

HR 4573 – International Megan’s Law to Prevent Demand for Child Sex Trafficking

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12-12-2014 Washington DC:

12/11/2014 Senate Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 645.

Time for folks to be contacting Senators to get this bill killed…

4 comments for “International Meagan’s Law, another bill of attainder

  1. Gregory Butler
    December 14, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    I sent a message to Kathy Castor, Bill Nelson, and Mark Rubio all asking them to consider stopping Bill 4573…thanks for the updates…I will help anyway I can…

  2. Scott
    January 3, 2015 at 11:05 am

    I am actually surprised they haven,t pulled our rights to vote. Sometimes I wonder why I vote when they place such harsh laws that disable us to carry out productive lives. Let’s face it, housing and employment are top notch struggles and that doesn,t even count the harassment we get on and off jobs or during the interviews. Where does one go for a job and what is actually available for education??

  3. Scott
    January 4, 2015 at 11:27 am

    does anybody else feel like their privacy rights are being violated ?? I sure do! http://www.alertid.com Check this out and tell me what you think. Yet people complain about Identity theft?? sometimes were not even safe to throw out our garbage unless someone else is targeting you to rummage through your garbage to ruin you.

    • willb
      January 4, 2015 at 11:51 am

      We don’t normally leave links to commercial sites , but in this case I have to agree. This company is doing nothing to make the communities more safe, from my point of view They are run by busybodies and vigilantes if anything they are broadcasting fear and hatred and serve no other purpose other than to make money for their creators. my suggestion is any time they post any type false information about someone they should be sued for libel and if the information is only something that is degrading and damages a person standing in the community true or not they should be sued under a false light lawsuit.

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