Many people are not too happy to hear that US passports are going to start displaying if a person if a child sex offender…and by many people, I mean the left.
I think this is a brilliant idea. If a person is a registered sex offender, everyone in their community needs to be aware, as well as wherever they are traveling to!
On Wednesday, the State Department stated that they would start to revoke current passports of people who are registered sex offenders, and requiring them to go apply for an updated one with a “unique identifier.”
Those applying for a passport for the first time will not be issued one without the identifier, which will be a notice printed inside the back cover of the passport book that reads: “The bearer was convicted of a sex offense against a minor, and is a covered sex offender pursuant to (U.S. law).”
The department said in a statement posted to its travel.state.gov website that registered child sex offenders will no longer be issued smaller travel documents known as passport cards because they do not have enough room to fit the notice.
The changes come in response to last year’s “International Megan’s Law,” which aims to curb child exploitation and child sex tourism, but also has been criticized by civil libertarians for being overly broad and targeting only one category of convicted felon.
The law is named for Megan Kanka, a 7-year-old girl murdered by a convicted child sex offender in New Jersey in 1994. The case drew widespread attention and led to the creation of several state sex offender registries. Government agencies notified Congress on Wednesday the passport requirement of the law had taken effect.
Until the process has been formalized, those who will be affected can still travel abroad with their current passports. It is not clear when the list of offenders will be provided in order for the revocation to be formalized.
According to the State Department, the passports “will not prevent covered sex offenders from departing the United States, nor will it affect the validity of their passports.”
Do you think this is a good idea?
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