Just in case anyone other than “Freedom” wants to address this issue, I give you an open thread to chat about it. Our About page is not the proper place for such a discussion.
IMBRA stands for International Marriage Broker Regulation Act of 2005. It is designed to protect mail-order brides and to regulate the associated industry built around the concept. Apparently it is controversial to some.
The beginning of the “debate” is after the jump.
- I expect support for Brownback to decline. Right now he is polling around 1-2%. But when Iowans learn about the Senator’s pathetic legislation, he’s going to drop to zero.I am referring to the ridiculous bill cosponsored by Senator Brownback named the ‘International Marriage Broker Regulation Act’(or IMBRA). Brownback’s bill is one of the most pathetic, UNCONSTITUTIONAL, ANTI FAMILY laws in the history of the United States. This draconian bill, which became law on March 6th, 2006, implies that ALL Americans (mostly Conservative American men) are violent sexual abusers and wife beaters unless proven innocent. I DISAGREE!!!
IMBRA was discreetly attached to another bill, the ‘Violence Against Women Act of 2005?. This law is better described as the ‘International Romance Regulation Act’, which is exactly what it is. Under Senator Brownback’s outrageous law, all Americans must submit a detailed criminal background report in order to communicate with a woman in a foreign country. How absurd! The form is likely to get lost in the mail, and she will have no incentive to respond and send back her approval (again by postal mail) without a photo or bio. This law applies for all forms of communication including: e-mail, telephone, postal mail, text messaging, and in-person meetings. Penalties are severe: $25,000 fine and up to 5 years in prison for saying ‘Hello’!
In order to drum up support for his atrocious bill, Senator Brownback along with other proponents (radical feminist group Tahirih Justice Center) concocted the sinister-sounding label ‘marriage broker’. What is a ‘marriage broker’? It is nothing more than an introduction or penpal service. So now all-of-a-sudden according to the U.S. Government, a penpal service will now be known as a ‘marriage broker’. For your information Senator Brownback, nobody is getting married, and nobody is being ‘brokered’ when two consenting heterosexual adults decide to communicate.
This law also scrutinizes ALL international marriages no matter how the couples actually met. Most international marriages do not involve sinister-sounding ‘marriage brokers’, but because the government has no way of knowing how a couple actually met (it is none of their business anyways), they decided to crack-down on all visa petitioners. Now any irrelevant DUI’s, misdemeanors, fraudulent protection orders, and even arrests not leading to any conviction must be disclosed to your fiancee, which is a good way to become un-engaged. This is exactly what Senator Brownback and the feminists want. Their goal was to shut down introduction agencies and to keep American men away from foreign women. This law is a SCANDAL based on fraud, deception, cooked statistics, ‘manufactured’ hysteria and propaganda regarding abuse and trafficking of foreign women to support ulterior motives. In reality, THERE HAS NEVER BEEN ANY CONVICTIONS FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING INVOLVING AN AMERICAN-OWNED INTRODUCTION AGENCY. And THERE ARE NO DOCUMENTED CASES OF ABUSE PRIOR TO MARRIAGE OF FOREIGN WOMEN BY AMERICAN MEN WHO USED A PENPAL OR INTRODUCTION SERVICE.
On December 16th, 2005, Senator Brownback told his colleagues in the Senate that the “Tahirih Justice Center are frontline experts” and that customers of ‘marriage brokers’ (a false label) “need to clean up their act”. No Senator Brownback, you “need to clean up your act”. After he was elected, he took an oath to uphold the Constitution. But his draconian law violates the 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 9th, and 10th Amendments to the Constitution.
Senator Brownback claims to be Pro Life, yet for this bill he teamed-up with radical left wing Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) who openly supports the murder of human fetuses. He claims to support traditional marriages, yet his asinine bill criminalizes communication and love letters by heterosexuals. He has partnered with a wacko feminist not-for-profit organization named after an Iranian martyr: the Tahirih Justice Center. Senator Brownback has alot of explaining to do.
So far Brownback hasn’t talked about his IMBRA law during the campaign. Is he afraid of something?
Comment by Freedom — March 28, 2007 @ 6:08 pm
- I notice you have posted this exact same drivel elsewhere. You are a kook and probably work for one of these pathetic marriage broker services. Do you also support NAMBLA, weirdo? You are not welcome here.Your logical fallacy of guilt by association (oh no Brownback worked alongside Cantwell!) alone is worthy of contempt. I’m not going to debate you. Slink back to whatever cesspool you crawled out of.
I would be pleased if those in the mail-order bride industry refused to support Sam Brownback. Same goes for those in the human trafficking industry. He needs neither their approval nor their support.
Comment by Psycheout — March 28, 2007 @ 6:23 pm
- No, not really. Just trying to get the message across. Senator Brownback isn’t talking about his crazy law, and neither is the media.I never asked for IMBRA. In fact I never knew anything about the law, until after the bill was already signed by President Bush. Instead of calling me a “kook”, why don’t you discuss what you think about Senator Brownback’s pathetic law?Now the government will decide who you can communicate with. Now the government will decide who you marry. Therefore, the government will decide if you can start a family. ‘International Marriage Broker Regulation Act’ is something that belongs in a Communist country where you have no Freedoms. LOVE IS NOT A CRIME!
The proponents of IMBRA want you to think this law helps to protect women. Problem is the women are not in America. They are in foreign countries. And this law does nothing to protect Americen women right here in the U.S. who socialize with American men. Congress’ job is to protect Americans–not foreigners.Senator Brownback and the other proponents EXEMPTED large American-owned dating services such as match.com, e-harmony.com, Yahoo personals, FreindFinder, etc., offering NO protection for American women, or even the thousands of foreign women who use those services.
This law has nothing to do with national security. IMBRA is the first law of any kind to regulate romance between consenting heterosexual adults. I think that’s outrageous. This law totally contradicts what Senator Brownback stands for: family values, and traditional marriages between a man and a woman.
Senator Brownback partnered with the Tahirih Justice Center, an organization named after an Iranian martyr and murderer. He even said in a speech that they are “frontline experts”. Yes, they are experts alright in manufacturing a problem to support ulterior motives: to keep American men away from foreign women.
Senator Brownback used the derogatory, offensive, outdated phrase “mail order bride”. He needs to know that when two consenting adults decide to communicate, nobody is being shipped through the mail, nobody is being ordered, and nobody is getting married.
I am not some left-wing liberal nut who decided to participate here. I am a conservative who is appalled with Seantor Brownback’s bill. My constitutional rights have been violated. Also, I want to know what his connections are with the Tahirih Justice Center. In September last year Senator Brownback was the keynote speaker at the annual fundraiser for this organization. Tahirih Justice Center received Federal grants for the amount of $745,000 for 2007. This information is missing from their website for some reason.
Comment by Freedom — March 28, 2007 @ 7:16 pm
International Marriage Broker Regulation Act of 2005 – Prohibits an international marriage broker from providing any U.S. client with any personal contact information of any individual under the age of 18.
Prohibits a marriage broker from providing any U.S. client with the personal contact information of any foreign national client 18 years of age or older until the marriage broker has: (1) collected certain background information from the U.S. client; (2) provided a copy of such background information to the foreign national client; (3) provided the foreign national client information about legal rights; (4) received consent from the foreign national client to release personal contact information; and (5) informed the U.S. client that he or she will be subject to a criminal background check.
Requires a marriage broker to collect specified background information from each U.S. client.
Sets forth penalties for marriage broker violations.
Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to repeal the mail-order bride provision.
Provides for the dissemination of a pamphlet about the resources available for immigrant victims of domestic violence to: (1) foreign national clients of marriage brokers; and (2) beneficiaries of K-visa petitions.
Amends INA to set forth new K-visa processing provisions.
Guess what, my friend? According to INS, “In addition, a 2003 survey of programs providing legal services to battered immigrant women across the country found that over 50 percent of these programs had served immigrant women clients battered by American men they met through international marriage brokers.”
So, not only are you a weirdo, who can’t find an American woman who’ll fall for his act, but you’re also a liar who’s throwing a hissy fit because you won’t be able to fool some poor non-English-speaking woman into thinking you’re a great guy. Tell me this, Freedom — what do you have to hide that you wouldn’t want your own WIFE to know? Sounds like a marvellous foundation for a strong marriage, if you ask me.
Comment by Lyssie — March 28, 2007 @ 7:23 pm
- No, I do not work for an introduction or penpal service. As I mentioned on my first message, ‘marriage broker’ is an incorrect sinister-sounding label created by feminists. Nobody is being ‘brokered’ and nobody is getting married.No, I do not support NAMBLA because I don’t even know what it is.
I am not the one who worked with radical liberal Cantwell–Senator Brownback is. I wouldn’t go near anyone who supports murdering human fetuses.I haven’t called you any names. I just want to make people aware that the Senator is not the conservative he claims to be. His law declares that everyone is GUILTY until proven innocent. That’s not what this country stands for.
Comment by Freedom — March 28, 2007 @ 7:29 pm
- Freedom, I think you got lost on your way to the IMBRA blog. This is not the proper place to have this discussion. If you want to respond in one of the “family” themed threads, go ahead. Comment by Psycheout — March 28, 2007 @ 7:33 pm
The proponents of IMBRA want you to think this law helps to protect women. Problem is the women are not in America. They are in foreign countries. And this law does nothing to protect Americen women right here in the U.S. who socialize with American men. Congress’ job is to protect Americans–not foreigners.
You disgust me.
Comment by Psycheout — March 28, 2007 @ 7:45 pm