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IML Set for Concurrence Vote Tuesday, 26th We Must Act Now! [updated with postponement of vote]

The U.S. House of Representatives will not vote on legislation on Tuesday and Wednesday because of the severe winter storm that hit the country’s capital city over the weekend, according to Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s office.  The next vote by the congressional chamber is expected on Feb. 1. THIS MEANS ONE EXTRA WEEK TO CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVE TO RECORD YOUR OPPOSITION TO HR 515.

ACTION ALERT! Contact YOUR national HOUSE representatives TODAY via email, and then CALL their office again on Monday. Here is a link to locate YOUR representative: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

Be sure to identify yourself as their constituent.

Do NOT muddy this short message with personal stories or complaints about the entire bill. If they ASK for more info, you can find and share our talking points at http://nationalrsol.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Position-Paper-International-Megans-Law-HR-515.pdf

The MESSAGE: Stop HR 515 from consideration on the floor of the House of Representatives on Tuesday! It contains a Senate amendment that is both substantive and historic. That is, for the first time in our nation’s history, a “unique identifier” will be added to the passports of U.S. citizens. The substance of this Senate amendment to HR 515 needs to be discussed and debated in the House of Representatives, and in order for that to happen it MUST be referred back to the House Foreign Affairs Committee prior to a vote.

https://www.popvox.com/bills/us/114/hr515

Related

International Megan’s Law, A Law That Fails Miserably To Make Its Case (But Which Is About To Be Enacted, Even So)

A Government Which Simultaneously Murders Children Abroad While Barring U.S. Citizens From International Travel

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  1. Q

    1/2 way there.Just sent an email to my congressman. Will call tomorrow. Kept it short and to the point. I also clicked the bullet that says I would like a response. I clicked this because I want to be sure my representative gets my email. Below is what I copied and pasted. I added one short sentence of my own. I will expand on my opposition if I am asked to do so. I kept it simple per the posters instructions.

    Congressman Cook

    I am a constituent in your 8th Congressional district. Please Stop HR 515 from consideration on the floor of the House of Representatives on Tuesday, It contains a Senate amendment that is both substantive and historic. That is, for the first time in our nation’s history, a “unique identifier” will be added to the passports of U.S. citizens. I am opposed to this on several levels.

    • Janice Bellucci

      Thank you, Q, for contacting your Congressional representative! It was a good idea to add the first sentence, “I am a constituent” and I hope that others will follow your example! Like you, I sent an E-mail to my Congressional representative, Ted Lieu, on Saturday and will make calls on Monday morning (their time). It is vitally important for EVERYONE to do this. It is time for everyone to show up, stand up and speak up!

    • Q

      I meant to say I’ll call on Monday ! 🙂

    • Q

      If anyone doesn’t know how to find their congressman this link will enable you to find who represents your district.

      http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

    • Q

      Called my reps office and voiced my opposition to this bill. I used all of the points made on the national RSOL web site and voiced a few of my own. These are the concerns beyond the national RSOL concerns that I voiced.

      1. Allot of people (our soldiers) died to protect rights like unhindered travel. If HR 515 passes, this would go far to make their ultimate sacrifice pointless.

      2. This is what the Nazi’s did to Jews and anyone else they didn’t like, and it facilitated allot of bad things that happened to this unliked group of people.

      3. This is precisely the kind of law that has been undermining our Constitution and Bill of Rights.

      4. The laws we have had in place for decades and decades have been working perfectly well for a very long time and HR 515 is completely unnecessary.

      5. Every time someone doesn’t like our laws, or is looking to advance their career they try to change our in place laws that already address every conceivable situation. This has to be stopped. This is the kind of thing that helped to create the monumental mess we now have.

      I was also told no one is in their DC offices today because of bad weather. You will have to call your local office to verbalize your opposition.

  2. curiouser

    Sent an email to Mr. Sherman of the San Fernando Valley today. Will call his office Monday. The nation needs to rise up and speak on this. I wish I could still trust this president, but I just don’t anymore.

  3. NPS

    I emailed my congresswoman twice. I, too, selected the bullet requesting a response, but I just got the automatic reply. I’ll make my phone call tomorrow.

    I cannot possibly be the only person in district 14 (San Mateo County) who has a say against this bill. When I went on the popvox site, I was the only person to vote out of my district. I know for a fact there are other registered citizens in my district since I’ve met some of you at the last CARSOL meeting in Berkeley. Please contact our rep and voice your opposition to this bill.

    • PK

      I think the problem is that only a limited number of Offenders know about this.

      I’m not sure how feasible it would have been to send out letters in regards to this IML Bill, to all known Offenders in every state.

      • Rob

        I’m from Maine and do not know of any means or networks where I can reach other registrants in my area other then contacting them directly. But since i don’t want to violate there privacy anymore then it already is, i hesitate to reach out to any of them. The ONLY reason why i found this website was because of being denied entry into a foreign country and had to figure out wtf just happened to me, i stumbled upon this site. If that had not happened to me then I doubt I would have even heard about this bill since there hasn’t been so much as a peep from any news outlets. I have contacted my house members and senate members. But most sex offenders probably do not travel internationally as many unfortunately do not have the means to and thusly haven’t had any issues.

        • Q

          Hi Rob. There is a support group in Maine.

          http://mecfc.blogspot.com/

          This site could be a worthwhile avenue for you to investigate. Who knows where it could lead. Every state needs proactive people!

          Here are some links to some other sites for our created class of people.

          http://www.oncefallen.com/

          http://nationalrsol.org/

          https://sosen.org/

          http://registranttag.org/

          https://www.womenagainstregistry.org/

        • David Kennerly

          You’re right, the press, even the independent and more libertarian press that should care, don’t give a damned about our inability to travel.

          I’ve been trying to get pieces printed in Reason magazine for years now and I am studiously ignored. And this despite the fact that my company was once an ongoing major donor to the Reason Foundation.

          Can you tell me, which country refused you entry? If you haven’t already done so, please fill out the questionnaire listed on this website (somewhere) regarding your travel experiences. This is very important for our legal challenge to IML going forward and for sharing information within our community. Thanks!

          [Question: does anyone know where the most recent version of the Int’l travel questionnaire is located? It would probably be a good idea to have a link to it from the Int’l Travel tab. Thanks!]

        • Rob

          Thank you for the Links Q. Very helpful and informative. Unfortunately it looks like there have been no new posts since 2010 on the Maine blog, too bad.
          I will gladly fill out the travel questionnaire David. Briefly I was denied entry into the Dominican Republic in march 2015 by Air travel and granted entry into Mexico in march 2014 by Air travel.

        • Q

          Hi Rob, Sorry about the Maine link; I should have checked. What is “air travel?” I have family in other countries and would like to get all the information about international travel I can.

        • Rob

          Hey Q, i can see how I made that confusing, I just meant I traveled by plane to those places and not by cruise ship etc.

    • Malcolm

      It’s quite possible that there are a lot of RC’s that are unable to help because they have been prohibited from having internet access or any form of social networking. How convenient these laws are for those who would see us forever punished.

  4. Need to Know

    House votes for this week have been cancelled due to the blizzard. House is in session the following week, so anticipate the vote first week of Feb. Still urgent to get in touch with your member and ask a friend/family to do the same!

  5. steve

    I also sent to Sherman:

    I am a constituent and registered citizen and ask you to oppose HB 515. This is a horrible representation of what this country is about. This bill will place a unique “identifier” on a indivislduals passport preventing them from traveling abroad for the rest of their lives long after many have paid their debt to society. This vote is Tuesday and ironically on Wednesday is the 71st anniversary of the halocaust. We should never forget the “markings” a regime placed on the “less desirables” Let us not forget. Please do not pass HB 515 Thank you

  6. David

    I just emailed my Congressperson Judy Chu. I will follow-up with a phone call tomorrow.

  7. PK

    Here’s how to email a Co-Sponsor of this Bill:

    As mentioned, you should not complain about the Bill, or write about your own personal story or sex conviction. Just stick to 1 or 2 talking points mentioned at the top of this page.

    Under the Thread- Vote “No” to Oppose International Megan’s Law

    https://www.popvox.com/bills/us/114/hr515

    • Q

      Nice site! I never knew about it. If their counting is correct it looks like there is overwhelming opposition to this bill.

  8. michael w

    Just a silly question has anyone else read H.R. 514 HUMAN TRAFFICKING PRIORITIZATION ACT, it too is set to voted on and it seems to me they are building a separate bureau to enforce all of this under the secretary of state (25 assistant secretary of state to be exact) with the power to “combat” the “nearly 21,000,000 people are subjected to modern slavery around the world at any given time”, to me the snowball seems to be gaining speed and mass, FML.

  9. Janice Bellucci

    There is another chance to be heard re: HR 515. Please sign an online petition opposing that bill. Below is a link to the petition. Thank you!

    http://www.change.org/p/u-s-house-of-representatives-vote-against-hr-515

    • Q

      Just signed on change.org

      This site also allows the opportunity to put the reasons why you oppose which ever petition you are signing in print. It’s a good site.

  10. ma.concerned.citizen

    I emailed all of my local congresspersons and anyone related to this bill a couple weeks ago. Today I’ve also re-emailed my local congresswoman in the House with a version of the new abbreviated paragraph that Janice supplied. Let’s hope cooler heads prevail!

  11. Timmr

    I will email my Congressman again, but I will also make it a habit to educate when and where I can in between the legislative events — at least inject an alternate viewpoint, like throwing a rock in a still pond. Maybe more therefore will see these issues as fluid and not a solid surface of ice, and help to free up critical thought against blind adherence to popular myths.

  12. Harry

    I would like to expand the fight on International Travel in a different advocacy. I support he efforts of challenging the US Government’s behaviors toward RC, however, this like turning a elephant around in a small room. A area that needs to explored is establishing communication sources in the nations at are denying entry of RC. Most of these Countries, like Mexico, PI, Thailand, Japan and etc. just recently started the denial programs and it is mainly of because of the lies that the American government is supplying them about RC. CA RSOL, WAR and other like groups need to counter the above to these International Governments with the facts, either directly or through key and effected individual (wives, gf/bf, family) that residue in these countries. I say this, because the main half of our entry issues is being denied and it may easier to change a new born convert, about the truth than a American Politian that is drunk on lies and personal gains.

  13. PR

    I too sent my email today. In addition I have already written him a letter.

  14. One Day at a Time

    Just sent to my congressman. Also signed the petition.

  15. Someone who cares

    I sent e-mail!! It is easy and takes a second.

  16. pgm111

    I just sent 436 Tweets to members of Congress, media outlets, think tanks, advocacy groups and others, urging them to VOTE NO on HR 515.

    • Janice Bellucci

      Thank you, PGM111, for sending those tweets! You have demonstrated a steadfast commitment to our worthy cause through your actions.

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