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Minder Non-Admission and Immigration Reform Act


Steven Andrews
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This Act:
(1) Directs that persons in the employ of foreign governments, or acting on their behalf, for the purpose of tracking or controlling the access of people visiting the United States on a non-diplomatic visa shall not be admitted to the United States; or if admitted and found to be carrying out those duties, removed.  Exceptions are provided for:
(A) Those assisting in ensuring that their minor charges comply with the laws of the United States or the states within (essentially a "school chaperone exception"); 
(B) Those supervising either their children or those they have lawful guardianship of; and
(C) Those assisting individuals who have a bona fide physical or mental disability (with a clause in this section allowing immigration officials to make a judgment call if they think the claimed disability is "pretextual").
(2) Requires that at immigration, with the exceptions of minor children traveling with their parents or guardians, those legally considered to be incompetent or mentally disabled, those physically disabled and requiring the assistance of another person for mobility purposes, or married couples traveling together, each person shall be processed separately.  Immigration line setups are to be adjusted to ensure that the distribution of persons in line allows sufficient physical space between suspected members of a party where one or more individuals is suspected to be a victim of human trafficking can be directed to where other members of their party cannot observe their communications with immigration officials.
(3) Directs that in cases of a suspected "forced removal" of any person (including suspected human trafficking), airline and airport employees are permitted to deny boarding to international flights for up to 24 hours [provided that they must provide equivalent or superior accommodations on a later flight for no extra cost, and cover hotels, etc. as if it were otherwise an involuntarily-denied boarding].  The airline must give a specific and articulable reason for doing so [e.g. suspicious interactions between passengers], and must notify law enforcement.  This is phrased as a "duty" for US-based airlines and a clear right to do so for others.

Andrew Byrd (and family), Virginia

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