Policy & Politics
Rep. Lee Introduces Legislation to Repeal Ban on Immigration of HIV-Positive People to U.S.
August 7, 2007
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) last week introduced a bill (HR 3337) that would repeal Congress' 1993 ban on granting permanent status to HIV-positive immigrants and return such authority to the HHS secretary, the Oakland Tribune reports. The measure would require the HHS secretary to re-review the ban on HIV-positive immigrants. It also would allow a 30-day period for public comment before the secretary reports to Congress on whether to repeal or maintain the ban. Lee has said that she has not gauged support for the measure but that it will be heard first in the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security and International Law.
According to the Tribune, same-sex couples with an HIV-positive member currently can ask House members to introduce a "private bill," which would apply only to the individual named on the bill. Private bills must be approved in the ICRSBIL subcommittee and then approved by the House and Senate before being submitted to the president to either be signed into law or vetoed, the Tribune reports (Richman, Oakland Tribune, 8/5).
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