ACLU Applauds President and Congress: 21-Year US Ban on HIV-Positive Travelers Is Lifted

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 30, 2008
2:58 PM

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Linda Paris, (202) 675-2312,
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ACLU Applauds President and Congress:
21-Year US Ban on HIV-Positive Travelers Is Lifted
 
WASHINGTON - July 30 - Today President George W. Bush is expected to sign into law the Tom Lantos & Henry J. Hyde U.S. Global Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Reauthorization Act of 2008, a presidential initiative to combat the global HIV/AIDS epidemic, including a provision ending the ban on HIV-positive travelers and immigrants.

The following can be attributed to Joanne Lin, ACLU Legislative Counsel:

“The ACLU applauds the president and Congress for their leadership in lifting a 21-year ban on HIV-positive travelers and immigrants. Today the president signed landmark HIV/AIDS legislation into law and ended a shameful era in American immigration policy. For a generation, HIV/AIDS was the only disease singled out in our immigration laws as a basis to ban visitors and immigrants from this country.

“Lifting the ban will remove the discriminatory barrier long faced by HIV-positive people and their families. Now the immigration laws will treat HIV/AIDS like other communicable diseases. This legislation is a major advance for all people living with HIV/AIDS.”

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