The recent growth in posting frequency on IBS is a wonderful thing to be sure; it means more people are learning about us and the issues we face. But unfortunately, as the number of threads increases with time, it’s easier and easier to miss important news.
With the approval of site management (we’ve been discussing this in e-mail), I propose to designate this the “official”, or “definitive” thread for following news related to Sens. Casey, Schumer and Reed’s “Ex-PATRIOT” legislation proposal, which if passed would ban covered expatriates from ever re-entering the United States for any reason.
The whole point is that you can SUBSCRIBE to this thread, and then if everyone agrees to post new news information, links, etc. relating to this issue HERE, then everyone already subscribed will be able to follow it. In contrast, when you post news to a NEW thread, it’s increasingly likely that someone will miss it because we have so many new threads these days. For people with no connection to Canada, it’s very hard to follow all the new threads.
So if you are interested in EX-PATRIOT:
– Please subscribe to this thread so you can stay informed
– When you have new information on the issue, please post it HERE rather than creating a new thread
– Please keep this thread focused on news and new developments. If you wish to editorialize on your own views about the absurdity of this legislation, please do that elsewhere so that people who subscribed just to stay in touch with news developments can do so.
I encourage others to follow this format and create more “DEFINITIVE” news and information threads to make it easy for Brockers to share and follow news relating to the topics that interest them most.
To kick this thread off, I will briefly describe the status of this issue as I understand it. If I get anything wrong I’m sure someone will correct me. If you learn NEW information, please post it HERE as a reply to this thread so others subscribed can follow the issue.
Senators Casey, Schumer, and Reed (not to be confused with Reid) have for several years been trying their best to push through legislation that would ‘punish’ covered expatriates by both barring them from ever re-entering the USA for any reason, and also imposing punitive taxes on any investments they might have in the USA. These actions clearly undermine the best interests of the American People, but these senators seem to have had success selling themselves as protectors of the little guy who are bringing justice to evil tax cheats. Absurd or not, they are serious about this.
Efforts to push through EX-PATRIOT as a standalone bill failed miserably, probably because other senators were able to recognize what a stupid idea the bill was. Undeterred, the “three amigos” (Casey, Schumer, Reed) changed strategy and began looking for much larger bills they could “slip” the EX-PATRIOT language into. They almost succeeded in getting the language inserted into the 2013 Immigration Reform bill, but thankfully the bill moved forward in the legislative process before the three amigos could amend it to include the EX-PATRIOT language. However, most observers believe they have not given up, and will look for new opportunities to advance their legislative goals.
As of March 2014, I am not aware of any post-Immigration bill attempt to “sneak” this language into any other pending legislation. But I fear it’s coming, and when it does we need to be diligent in quickly putting the word out.
It behooves all of us to watch this closely, and post links to any new developments on the issue here in this thread. This issue isn’t dead, and when it resurfaces we need to watch it closely!
Thanks to all for following and participating in this thread. And just in case it appears that I’m “taking it upon myself” to set policy here at IBS, please know that I coordinated and received approval for this “Definitive news thread” format from site management before posting. I encourage others to post similar threads for other issues they follow passionately.