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Old 25th January 2004, 18:57
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MARRIAGE BROKER REGULATION ACT RESTRICTS LETTER WRITING TO FOREIGNERS; CREATES PEN-PAL POLICE; MISLEADS CONGRESS

On behalf of dozens of organizations, Jeanne L. Smoot of the Tahirih Justice Center (www.Tahirih.org) is submitting a letter to Congress in support of the proposed law that regulates "international marriage brokers." The following is a portion of that letter:

"...abuse is a tragic fact in many relationships brokered by IMB's. It is particulary disturbing that many IMB's explicitly market their services to men seeking domineering relationships with women whom they perceive to be docile and powerless. Some IMB's also systematically ignore the violent histories of their clients, and repeatedly pair violent men with foreign women recruits."

Jeanne L. Smoot
jeanne@tahirih.org
703-575-0070

There is no to only anecdotal evidence that supports anything stated above. Yet, this law is being rifled through Congress as if these are facts.

Therefore, without any sound basis, you will be required to submit a marital history and a criminal background check and receive a signed release from a woman you wish to contact JUST TO WRITE A LETTER TO A FOREIGN WOMAN.

JUST TO WRITE A LETTER TO A FOREIGN WOMAN!!
JUST TO WRITE A LETTER TO A FOREIGN WOMAN!!

ITS TIME TO CONTEST THE LAW -

Perhaps you could comment on the viability of the following strategies:

1 - argue for the elimination of the provision of the law that excludes the larger dating sites such as Match and FriendFinder. The lawmakers' reason for the exclusion: larger sites cater to both American and foreign women and all members pay equal fees (so nobody is being "bought"). The latter is untrue as anyone can join for free and only paying members are able to make the initial contact. Fact-there are more foreign women on these sites than on all IMO sites combined. By forcing the law on the larger firms, which the lawmakers now have a weak argument for avoiding, an entire legal army will be available to fight the law.

2 - declare the law unconstitutional. Since when are Americans required to provide all sorts of documents just to write a letter to someone? Regarding the one visa application per year-this is a restriction on the right to marry. What if the woman finds a boyfriend at home and then cancels after one month? Now the man has to wait an entire year before being able to proceed with marriage to another.

3 - argue that the federal legislature is the wrong venue for regulating small private companies. That is the role of the states. Moreover, criminal background checks and the verification thereof would be unreliable in the hands of small inexperienced companies in the business of matchmaking.

Your opinions regarding the above is appreciated as well as any other suggestions you may have.


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