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senate Bill S. 1825

Should the U.S. Deny Entry to Foreign Nationals Complicit in Violence Against LGBTI Individuals?

Argument in favor

The U.S. and Congress shouldn’t stand by idly while human rights are trampled and ignored around the world. This bill would empower the executive branch with additional authority to take action against human rights violators around the world.

jimK's Opinion
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12/01/2019
In general, I strongly support this legislation. It is a way of telling the world that our country believes in human rights and that our country chooses to deny entry to those who use violence to oppress any group of people for nothing more than their human rights be who they they were born to be or have chosen to become. I agree with specifically calling out the LGBTI community rights to exist as a group that is not trying to impose their rights to infringe upon the human rights of other ‘groups’ of people. I think this legislation should be expanded to cover racial, ethnic and religious groups as well. With that addition, I think this legislation is a far more powerful long-term expression of what we value as a country - and that we are willing to demonstrate our commitment to our values by limiting access to our country for those who violently suppress fundamental human rights. It is a far more powerful message than targeted sanctions for human rights abuses alone, which often seem to be more about political pressure than our actual beliefs. At any rate, this legislation could set the stage for sanctions if needed and make sanctions to be viewed more as statement of who we are and less of a political maneuver. Finally, there needs to be clarity regarding ‘who and ‘how much’ involvement in violent suppression of human rights should be on the ‘list’ of people denied access. This should be specified to ensure the process is honestly applied as a statement of our beliefs and not as a political tool to selectively target specific countries; the credibility of this legislation as a notice to the world of our beliefs is lost if is used as a means to selectively pressure other countries to support some other agenda.
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Brian's Opinion
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12/01/2019
As a member of the community I already face enough criticism from my fellow citizens and family members. I don’t need it from foreign nationals also.
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Ticktock's Opinion
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12/01/2019
Do we need to import prejudice? If people who want to enter the US have already committed violent acts based on discrimination or prejudice why would we even want to think of allowing them into our country. We have enough citizens right here in the US that are perfectly able and willing gladly to fill that slot. Unfortunately we can’t get rid of them.
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Argument opposed

This bill is too broad, and could trample on freedom of religious expression and human rights in other nations. It’s also duplicative with the Global Magnitsky Act, so it wouldn’t provide any new protections for LGBTI individuals that aren’t already provided in existing law.

Bryan's Opinion
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12/01/2019
Why are we enforcing a ban on this type of violence (to be clear I am not advocating violence against LGBT) yet turn a blind eye and open arms to those individuals that use violence on our southern border against women and children?
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John's Opinion
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12/01/2019
Shouldn’t our policy deny U. S. Entry to foreign nationals complicit against ANY American individual, equally? Why would select the LGBTI as being more important than any other form of hatred? Isn’t hatred toward religion or race equal to the hatred towards the LGBTI community. Why is our government creating laws that segregate our society? Please stop it. Please get back to creating laws that protect all American citizens. When discussing border security we can not focus on the protection of individual group of our population.
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NoHedges's Opinion
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12/01/2019
I am concerned about the vague terms and the fact that many of the legislators don’t even know what the “I” in LGBQTI stands for. Before we start banning people shouldn’t we be clear on what exactly the criteria is?
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      senate Committees
      Committee on Foreign Relations
    IntroducedJune 13th, 2019
    Only if it includes muslims, unless you're ok with execution for gay people.
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    Yes we should deny entry to foreign nationals who participate in hate related violence against LGBTQ groups or individuals. In addition, we need to be tougher on those who reside in the US (citizen and non-citizen) who also participate in this type of violence that is hate motivated.
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    “Religious freedom of expression” does not include infringing on the civil rights of others. That’s discrimination. One is allowed, the other one isn’t.
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    Absolutly. Violence against any group should not be tolerated!
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    They are violent with one group of human beens, they bring violent that we don’t need.
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    How about violence against anyone .....gays are not special and don’t need special laws ...
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    Honestly, I’m a bit surprised we have to spell this out. But I guess that’s where we are today. All life is deserving of respect and kindness.
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    Deny entry to all foreign nationals who aren’t here legally. To hell with the identity garbage. #MAGA
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    We do not need anyone who commits violence. If you practice violence against men, women, children, animals, religions etc, you do not belong in this country.
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    Duh
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    Yes,absolutely
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    Yes. We need to do the same to anyone who is violent against any group of people. Violence against others is not acceptable period.
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    Not just that community. Any person convicted of a violent crime, or for that fact, convicted of any crime should not be allowed in this country. We have quite enough of our own criminals. We don’t need more from out of town.
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    These Senate bills which present themselves as civil rights actions concern me, as the GOP is not pro-rights for anyone but their preferred demographic, which is white, male, and “Christian”.
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    This is definitely YES, but why is it based so narrowly!! We should not let anyone in who has committed any atrocity against ANYONE, including ALL ethnic, religious or any other group of who are or may become the butt of such horrible actions.
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    Sure, of course you realize this means banning mostly muslims since they actively murder lgbtq in thirty countries by law.
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    One viewer said anyone that supports violence against others should not be allowed in the U S. I guess the Dems will have yo go!
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    Yes they should be denied if you were going to show violence against someone because of their race or sexual orientation in another country you would do the same here and it’s not as if we don’t have enough violence and criminals in the United States we certainly do not need to add more
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    All human beings should be granted respect and equal rights everywhere. Hate, discrimination, and violence should never be condoned anywhere.
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    There is already a law against this. Why another?
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