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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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      Committee on Foreign Relations
    IntroducedJune 13th, 2019

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Title

Global Respect Act of 2019

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A bill to impose sanctions with respect to foreign persons responsible for violations of the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) individuals, and for other purposes.

    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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    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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    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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    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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    Any individual who is complicit in violence against any group of people should not be allowed in the US.
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    We already have enough hate here. We don't need any more.
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    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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    People who are violent against children, elders, animals and those who try to justify violence against any fringe group must not be allowed into the US. Violence is Violence. There is NO justification for it The President has encouraged violence- He should be deported
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    Should the US deny entry against foreign nationals who are complicit to violence? Yes. You can stop there. Whatever the reason. Bigotry, Abuse, whatever. Complicit to Violence = Deny Entry. Also: 🏳️‍🌈 is LGBTQIA+ if your going to do the acronyms get it right.
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    This should be true for any citizen not just LGBTQ whatever. Human rights apply to all.
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    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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    Yes, but not for only for LGBT violence, but any violence. Why should “violence” be isolated to one group of people?
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    Acceptance and tolerance of BEHAVIORS that lead to the breakdown of individuals, the family and society in general, should be condemned not condoned. LGBTQI people need serious help and their sinful behaviors should be treated like any sinful behavior.
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    LGBTQ tights are human rights. Even those of us who are Christian are not meant to judge others by Levitical proclamation. Our job as Americans is to protect life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness without judgement as long as others rights are not trampled.
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    We have a “president“ who does not have a problem committing and encouraging the trampling of human rights daily! How about a bill to deport HIM, preferably to his favorite sh*thole country!
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    I agree that it would appear that there is more than enough hate here already...no need to import more!!!
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    EVERYONE who has committed violence agains ANYONE, should NOT be able to come in to USA. WHY would we need MORE violent people here?!
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    Is the alphabet soup community a special protected class above the rest of us? Deny entry to foreign nationals that are a threat to any American.
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    If you are going to let anyone in, then let anyone in or secure the border and quit releasing illegals
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    Anyone complicit in violence in any form should be denied entry.
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