Friday, February 18, 2005

PA officials not banned from US soil after all

This post, from JTA, is a follow up to the question I posed at the end of my post on Feb. 11. The bill is huge and I was unable track that particular clause via Thomas and was hoping some Jewish news org. would cover it in a more timely manner. Better late than never:
The U.S. House of Representatives removed controversial anti-PLO language from a popular immigrant control bill before passing it.

Pro-Palestinian and dovish pro-Israeli legislators raised alarms two weeks ago when they uncovered language in the "Real ID" Act proposed by Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) that would standardize state issuance of drivers' licenses as a security measure.

The language would have designated any PLO member a terrorist, banning the entry, for instance, of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at a time when President Bush wants to host Abbas at the White House. Following appeals by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.), Sensenbrenner removed the language before the act passed Feb. 10.


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