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August 7, 2007

Lee Vows to Deport Travel Ban

California Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) introduced a bill last week that would repeal the United States’ controversial HIV travel ban, which prohibits people with HIV from entering the country. The law, which Congress instituted in 1993, makes the U.S. one of just 13 countries in the world holding a formal ban over the immigration, travel or foreign study of HIV-positive individuals.

Congresswoman Lee’s legislation is just the latest in a string of initiatives to get rid of the ban; in April, several AIDS advocates convened in Washington D.C. to discuss ways to overturn it; and last December, on World AIDS Day, activists were all ears when President Bush announced that he would ease the ban for short-term HIV positive visitors—but nothing has come of that yet.

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