UPDATE: This bill has passed out of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and will be heard by the full House for a possible vote. Use this link to find out your representatives and call them to register your opposition to the bill.
Florida Action Committee has done a good job of putting together information about this issue that affects many registrants. The full piece is here.
The bill adding to the current IML requirements will do these things:
- It will amend the IML to go beyond warning of anticipated foreign travel by sending notifications and adding ‘unique identifiers’ on the passports of US citizens already present overseas, no matter what the effects of doing so may be to them and their families there or back in the USA.
- It will establish a list of both Americans and non-Americans with convictions that will be circulated to many countries around the world. The bill does not specify what will be done with that list.
- It will enhance the attempt by the new SORNA regulations to create a de facto federal registry inasmuch as the IML will be enforced against individuals no matter where they are simply because they might one day return to a state where they would need to register.
A markup of the bill will take place this coming Tuesday, the 15th. The FAC article stresses the importance of advocates telephoning the offices of the House Foreign Affairs Committee members. A list of all of the committee members with contact information, including telephone numbers, is given in the article.
NARSOL agrees that telephoning the offices of representatives is the most effective way of making our opinions known. Anyone can find his or her House representatives by going here and putting in the zip code. Clicking on the representative’s picture will go to the web page where contact information, including office telephone numbers, can be found.