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Brownback criticizes business of mail-order brides


Here are today's headlines from the Kansas congressional delegationSen. Sam Brownback (R) ![][1][(New York Times) U.S. men and foreign women face roadblock in walk down the aisle:][2] In June, the federal immigration service froze 10,000 visa applications for foreign fiancees because they did not conform with a law that had gone into effect in March. The law, known as the International Marriage Broker Regulation Act, or Imbra, is intended to give foreign women and the U.S. government more information about the men who seek so-called mail-order brides. "This is an unequal partnership where you have somebody dependent on somebody else in a profound way," said Senator Sam Brownback, Republican of Kansas, who was a leading sponsor of the law. "It puts women at a significant disadvantage, in a potentially violent situation."[(KC Star) McCaskill hasn't said how she would deal with possible conflicts of interest on bills:][3] Several wealthy members of Congress use blind trusts. "The Brownbacks thought it was the most transparent and the best way to avoid even the appearance of impropriety," said Brian Hart, a spokesman for Sen. Sam Brownback, a Kansas Republican whose family's blind trust is worth several million dollars. "A lot of it is protecting yourself from the appearance of undue influence, of taking action or not taking action because of your investments."Rep. Jerry Moran (R)![][4][(Hutch News) New federal ID regulations might cause hardship for some Kansans:][5] Starting in 2008, the Real ID Act will affect drivers renewing their licenses. The legislation, passed in 2005 in response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, will create a federal identification card that will supplant driver's licenses. It also will require that employees of the state provide driver's license services. ... "One important service provided to Kansans at the local level of government is the ability for many county treasurers in my state to process Kansas driver's license renewals, change of names or addresses, state ID cards, instruction permits and restricted driver's license permits," U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Hays, wrote U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Cherthoff on Oct. 6. The regulations eventually issued by the department should allow the practice to continue in which treasurers can act as agents for the state, Moran urged. [1]: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/fr/thumb/c/c8/Sam_Brownback.jpg/150px-Sam_Brownback.jpg [2]: http://www.iht.com/articles/2006/10/17/news/brides.php [3]: http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascitystar/news/politics/15783742.htm [4]: http://www.jiten.com/media/1/20051028-Jerry%20Moran.jpg [5]: http://www.hutchnews.com/news/regional/stories/IDRegs101806.shtml


Sara24 11 years, 1 month ago

Sen. Brownback's support of Imbra borders on the insane. This law makes is a criminal offense if two people meet on the internet and one of them is a foreigner unless criminal searches and affidavits are provided by the American. He says this is necessary to protect women from bad American men.


VeteransAbroad 11 years, 1 month ago

Senator Brownback betrayed single US soldiers and veterans when he foolishly backed radical feminists who pretend to be his constituents as "Security Moms", by backing the draconian IMBRA law that brings the government into the process of men and women saying hello to each other.

Brownback is the type of guy who would want to ban premarital sex again too, if he thought it was what "Security Moms" wanted.

Check out http://www.Online-Dating-Rights.com to see more of a discussion on Brownback's betrayal of his male constituents and his outrageous support of the Tahirih Justice Center, which is an offshoot of the National Organization for Women (NOW).

VeteransAbroad is an organization that will make sure Senator Brownback loses the military vote in his 2008 reelection bid.

A real man should represent American males, not be an apologist for radical feminists.

VeteransAbroad 11 years, 1 month ago

By the way, Eduardo Porter of the New York Times has apologized to Adam Weaver, saying that the IMBRA article that is linked to above is a butchered version of what he originally wrote. Eduardo says that he is not proud of the result, which makes men look bad for wanting to get married.

In fact, the online version that could be seen on Wednesday included more cogent arguments against the law which have since been replaced by the irrevelant stories of violence that statistically occur more often in domestic marriages (7%) than in marriages between the upper middle class American men who use the Internet and Russian women (1%). It seems that, over the past two days, busy feminists worked to get the arguments about the constitutionality of the law removed from the online version of the New York Times article.

Here is the original NY Time Article. Please read this to see how changes were made:


Freedom of speech, Right to Assembly, Equal Treatment, all these rights were mentioned in a temporary restraining order against IMBRA by a Georgia judge who is expected to issue a permanent injunction in a few days.

eesti006 11 years, 1 month ago

Senator Brownback has aligned himself with the Tahirih Justice Center (TJC) a leading proponent of IMBRA who used fraud and deception to get the law passed. Mr. Brownback in fact was a keynote speaker for TJC's recent fundraiser in Washington DC.

Senator Brownback's close association with such a corrupt organization such as TJC is likely an attempt to attract women voters- a huge mistake that will ultimately cost him a chance for future presidential contention. TJC is an extremist organization an unlikely allay for a such a conservative Republican as Brownback. Indeed even mainstream feminists are shocked at IMBRA a law that clearly viiolates the civil rights of Americans. Read what feminist Wendy McElroy has to say about IMBRA: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,180487,00.html

TJC stated in the Cumberland Times, "Abuse rates in marriages between US citizens and foreign women are approximately 3 times higher than the prevailing rate in the general US population". http://www.times-news.com/opinion/local_story_192093908.html?keyword=secondarystory

This is a gross misrepresentation of facts since TJC cited the "Ayuda study" - a study of poor hispanic women in the DC area (many of them illegal imigrants) none of whom met their husbands through a Marriage broker.

This fradulent misleading study (and other studies)was paid for with taxpayers dollars. TJC in fact recently received a $300,000 Federal grant. TJC and Senator Brownback should be investigated.

moscow 11 years, 1 month ago

Senator Brownback with his IMBRA suppoert encourages false abuse charges that are being filed in ever increasing numbers by foreign women in exchange for their American citizenship.

Senator Brownback tells foreign women through IMBRA that American men, unlike the rest of the men in the world, are so dangerous that American government adopted a special law (IMBRA) to protect these foreign women from its citizens.

Senator Brownback broke a world record by introducing the law that "protects" freigners at the expense and abuse of the rights of the US citizens.

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