It took a miracle, a miracle in the form of a blizzard in Washington, D.C., to slow down Congress’ consideration of HR 515, the International Megan’s Law bill. Prior to the blizzard, the bill was on a fast track to a speedy vote under a “suspension of the rules” which would have ruled out any discussion or debate of this historic and misguided legislation.
We haven’t won yet. The bill has not been stopped. But it has given us a window of opportunity to educate our Congressional representatives about the dangers the bill poses.
While a new date for the bill’s consideration has not yet been established, we know we have at least one week to send letters and E-mails as well as to make phone calls. We are constituents and our elected officials need to hear from us, our family members and friends — early and often.
They need to know that the bill would require the addition of “unique identifiers” to the passports of U.S. citizens. They need to know that this has never been done in the history of our country. They need to know that no other country is currently doing this to their citizens and that the only countries that have done this in the past are Nazi Germany and Russia.
They also need to know that the bill would require federal agencies to notify countries of anyone who has ever been convicted of a sex offense involving a minor even if that person is no longer required to register as a sex offender. This wide net would extend to hundreds of Californians who have been deemed “rehabilitated” by a state judge as well as to thousands of Americans in other states who “termed out” of their requirement to register.
Finally, they need to know that we agree that sex trafficking of children is a terrible crime and should be stopped. The way to stop it, however, is not to punish hundreds of thousands of American who have not been convicted of sex trafficking and are extremely unlikely to do so in the future.
The clock is ticking. We may have only one week to be heard. Send an E-mail, write a letter, and/or call your Congressional representative today!
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