The Dobbs Wire: Scarlet letter for PASSPORTS revealed by Trump Administration

Mon, Oct 30, 2017 at 3:44 PM

Ugh!  The Trump Administration reveals how it will implement International Megan’s Law (IML).  An awful bill signed into law by Obama in 2016, IML requires anyone previously convicted of a sex offense involving a minor to have a “unique identifier” – a “visual designation affixed to a conspicuous location” on their passport!  Nothing like this has turned up in US history, the IML scarlet letter is likely the first time US citizens are to be treated in such a fashion by their government.  This scheme, however, does have historical precedent in other countries as David Post reminds us in an essay (below) titled,  The yellow star, the scarlet letter and ‘International Megan’s Law.’

 

The US State Department has divulged that the identifier will be printed inside the back cover of a passport and read, “The bearer was convicted of a sex offense against a minor, and is a covered sex offender pursuant to 22 United States Code Section 212b(c)(l).”

 

Commentators say IML will contribute very little if anything to improving public safety while eroding the freedom to travel as well as ensure the domestic and international profiling and harassment of those subject to the law.  Much more below about this new federal statute.  –Bill Dobbs, The Dobbs Wire

 

 

State Department press release reveals “Unique Identifier for passports

Alliance for Constitutional Sex Offense Laws (ACSOL) – Oct. 29, 2017

http://all4consolaws.org/2017/10/state-department-press-release-reveals-unique-identifier-for-passports/

 

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION REVEALS DETAILS OF THE “UNIQUE IDENTIFIER” REQUIRED ON PASSPORTS BY IML

News release:  Passports and International Megan’s Law

U.S. Department of State | Oct. 30, 2017

https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/news/passports-international-megans-law.html

 

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT IML BY THE SMART OFFICE OF THE U.S. JUSTICE DEPARTMENT

Statute in review:  International Megan’s Law

SMART Office Dispatch | Feb. 2016

https://smart.gov/pdfs/IML-Dispatch-2016.pdf

 

OFFICIAL TEXT OF INTERNATIONAL MEGAN’S LAW (IML)

International Megan’s Law to Prevent Child Exploitation and Other Sexual Crimes Through Advanced Notification of Traveling Sex Offenders

https://www.congress.gov/114/bills/hr515/BILLS-114hr515enr.pdf

 

NEWS AND COMMENTARY ABOUT IML   

The yellow star, the scarlet letter and ‘International Megan’s Law’

Volokh Conspiracy via WashingtonPost.com | Jan. 6. 2016 | By David Post

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2016/01/06/the-yellow-star-the-scarlet-letter-and-international-megans-law/

 

Congress Acts to Mark Passports of Sex Offenders

The Marshall Project | Feb 9, 2016 | By Beth Schwartzapfel

https://www.themarshallproject.org/2016/02/02/congress-acts-to-mark-passports-of-sex-offenders

 

Editorial:  Do sex offenders deserve a scarlet letter on their passport?

Los Angeles Times | Feb. 3, 2016

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-0203-sex-offenders-20160203-story.html

 

FURTHER INFORMATION AND LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE 

Travel Matrix — The Travel Matrix is a list of nations along with information about how they handle entrance of visiting or moving registrants and their families.

Registrant Travel Action Group (RTAG)

http://registranttag.org/resources/travel-matrix/

 

Alliance for Constitutional Sex Offender Laws (ACSOL) – blog posts:

U.S. State Department Replies to IML Petition by ACSOL – Oct. 24, 2016

http://all4consolaws.org/2016/10/state-department-replies-to-iml-petition/

 

Letter from U.S. State Department to Janice Bellucci of ACSOL – Oct. 14, 2016

http://all4consolaws.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Letter-from-State-Dept.-Oct-2016.pdf

 

IML Report to Congress Addresses Passport Identifiers, Notifications to Foreign Countries – Oct. 10, 2016

http://all4consolaws.org/2016/10/iml-report-to-congress-addresses-passport-identifiers-notifications-to-foreign-countries/

 

Petition Challenges State Department Regulation – Sept. 12, 2016

http://all4consolaws.org/2016/09/petition-challenges-state-department-regulation/

 

Report to Congress by Dept. of Homeland Security, Dept. of State, Dept. of Justice – Aug. 26, 2016

Implementation of International Megan’s Law to Prevent Child Exploitation and Other Sexual Crimes Through Advanced Notification of Traveling Sex Offenders

http://all4consolaws.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Congressional-Report-Aug-2016.pdf

 

FEDERAL COURT CHALLENGE TO IML; PROTEST OUTSIDE THE COURTHOUSE

Doe v Kerry

US District Court, Northern District of California No. 16-cv-0654

Order granting motion to dismiss, filed Sept. 23, 2016:

http://www.courthousenews.com/2016/09/26/Passport.pdf

 

Sex-offender stamp on passports upheld after legal challenge

San Francisco Chronicle | Sept. 26, 2016 | By Bob Egelko

http://www.sfgate.com/nation/article/Judge-rules-against-sex-offenders-in-challenge-to-9289279.php

 

Protest against International Megan’s Law outside the federal courthouse in Oakland, CA in July 2016 (VIDEO)

Metamora Films via YouTube | July 31, 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmacueeHDss

 

 

 

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