International Megan’s Law: Cruel and Unusual Punishment

We hear a lot of heartbreaking stories from registrants and families. Some of the worst are when families are divided.

One of our members, who has a decades-old conviction, for which he got probation, left the country 17 years ago and hasn’t come back. He went on to live a good life in this other country, established a business, got married and had three children. In October, his mother fell gravely ill and he returned to see her. When he flew into the country (another state) he did what he was supposed to do and registered his one-week stay, letting them know he would be going home on November 7th.

Our country sent a “green notice” to the country he now (and for the past 17 years) lives, warning them of his arrival, flight information and registration flyer. Not surprisingly, the authorities were waiting for him and upon arrival he was immediately turned back. Unwilling to step foot in the US again, he’s currently exiled in a third country, unwilling to be subjected to a lifetime of persecution in the US and unable to return home to his family. He desperately misses them and they miss him.

Yesterday, one of the commenters on our site shared the sad result of their planned trip to Jamaica for their daughter’s wedding. She wrote:

After all the back and forth we decided to go and try. We all took flight together praying that my husband could talk to somebody we were with his daughter with the wedding dress and everything but NO.
We got sent on same plane.

The minute we landed in Jamaica while on plane they made an announcement With my husbands name to meet airport staff at gate.

One thing they were polite and respectful. They allowed us to walk with my husband. They took him for a moment to another room. I was hopeful since they were being nice. But they told me before they told him that he’s going back to USA and asked if I was going with him.

I wasn’t going to stay with out him. He was destroyed.
They said USA regulation they put pressure and made agreement that they cannot allow anyone with this type of record even if it’s been almost 25 years level 2 or any.

I’m so angry at the system! My husband has never had any other record. He took a plea when he was young didn’t know any better. He did make a mistake served 2 years.

I think they have to change something. If someone has gone so many years with out any offense, has gotten treatment, or evaluated they should be freed from this label.

What’s sad is I want to do something about it but i can’t expose my husband because he lives with this shame and fear!

It’s just messed up! They should tell you before you get on plane that this would happen!

We lost money, but most importantly we will miss thus very special wedding.

My step daughter and her fiancé were destroyed.

These stories are horrific! Imagine a daughter unable to have her father walk her down the isle. Not having her family with her on the most special day of her life!

Imagine a wife and small children not knowing when they will see their father again. A family without their bread winner. Stuck in limbo, potentially having to leave a home and business behind and start over in a new country.

It’s reminiscent of the pogroms in Eastern Europe or the persecutions in Syria. Only it’s the Unites States.

What a twisted, sadistic country we live in, that feels the need to torture the families of registrants! That is all the International Megan’s Law does – inflicts cruel and unusual punishment!



  1. Hello,
    I totaly agree. This country has turned in to 1930s Germany. I have not seen my son and wife in 2 years now. I spent 20 years rebuilding my life just to have this country take everything away. I want to fight with all my might, but unsure how to. There has to some lawyer out there that will fight this on our behalf.

  2. a man without a country maybe

    This is me too. I learned how things had gone to warp speed in February when I tried to return “home” to deal with my last parent’s estate. I have lived overseas almost 15 years now, since finishing probation. I have a family in my new home, but when I got ready to check in at the airport for one last trip to the US, I was not allowed to board an Asian carrier because I would not be allowed to TRANSIT their hub airport for TWO HOURS before continuing to the US!
    Now, I’m in constant fear about what will happen here when it’s time for me to renew my retirement visa so I can stay with my family and PROVIDE for them! Part of my renewal process will be going to our embassy here for some paperwork before going to the local immigration office. Which one will it be that trips me up? Will I even get to say good-bye to my wife and our child? This is much more damaging to my family’s future than what I did nearly 20 years ago!

  3. The real purpose of the IML is not to prevent child sex trafficking and sex tourism in what Representative Chris Smith claims because that task would be impossible to accomplish and the people that are doing these things are usually criminals from other countries that have not been caught, prosecuted and may do these things on rare occasion. The real purpose of the IML is to ban registrants from international travel even those that have worked hard to rebuild their lives and live law abiding lives. When they do the mandatory 21 day notice with the authorities, it gets them in the system for the feds to automatically take action of sending alert notices out to destinations without letting registrants know what will happen until they arrive and are usually turned away and sent back home, and even if a country allows registrants in, that could change anytime. Congress makes it seem like they’re fighting crime globally with cooperation from many foreign government agencies around the world and expect you to believe the IML will be the end of sex trafficking and sex tourism through advance notifications and new passports which will never work. Over 95% of all offences are committed by people that have never before been arrested and so are not on any registry.

  4. I agree total problem was 29 yrs ago (underage dating)and wasn’t a conviction but still denied the first time….
    So I filed again recently now the difference in the Petition is I have the child of the marriage here with me in the US she is in another country so the fact remains seems she will never see her child again/

    USCIS/DHS the first time Petition had me blacklisted from that country telling them I was RSO which I wasn’t so I tossed a fit to every government agency with threats of a lawsuit for passing false information on a US citizen to another country,, bottom line the government called that country and told them to let me back in.. but of course i endured financial losses
    My petition hasn’t been denied (YET) but im sure it is coming
    on the flip-side I lost my land/sea passport card and was Issued a new one last month

    now Just think on this for a minute Mark Lundsford the crusader for tougher sex offender laws His son gets popped for fondling an underage mark says his son is not a pedophile . Even what has been alleged cannot compared with the crimes of the pedophiles he has helped put in prison yet how does he come to that conclusion
    bottom line his son was convicted in Florida life time Reg. and not made to Resister on the RSOL
    will his sons passport be marked? will he be disallowed to file a i-130 family pet….the laws have changed since 2007 so is this boy though not Listed does it all apply to him?

  5. double Jeopardy Exposto factor
    how many times does a person have to be convicted re-convicted and re-convicted for the same crime..
    the government has circumvented the laws so they can Just keep Raping people yes I said RAPE
    cause that is what it is, as well to keep ppl reliving the same Charge over and over
    paying and Paying for the original charge they paid in the beginning
    lets see there is the original withheld or conviction then 1995 the RSOL list then again denying family petitions then marking of passports there is going to be no end to this except at your death then again your family has to live it as well.

    Maybe it is time to right the wrong. let there system work for us

    Mark Lundsford was the crusader for Tougher sex laws
    It is time he crusades for abolish of AWA we need to step up and file petitions on his son demanding he be placed on the RSOL list his passport marked .and denied denied! denied! any of the rights we lost as a consequences to his and others crusading
    If His son Joshua was placed on the RSOL list he would be going public and open up to the world the workings and wrong doings of others he would be screaming how Unconstitutional AWA is!
    Possible for Att Polly to draft up a Doc so we could all sign it then we take a stand out side of Washington DC to show strength of the unconstitutional laws of AWA and USCIS actions
    Joshua Lunsford, 18, son of Mark Lunsford, was arrested May 18 after a woman accused him of fondling her 14-year-old daughter twice, at a skating rink and outside a shopping mall, according to police. He has pleaded not guilty to the felony charge. he plead down to a lesser charge yet No RSOL.



      you all need to ask yourself, how constitutional it is if your passport Is marked
      yet Joshua Lunsford convicted of a sex offence chances are he will walk free of all of it
      the ability to succeed in family based Visa no marking of his passport because of his fathers justice for tougher sex offender laws that dont apply to his son
      just something to think about now if your separated from your family or cant leave the country or a denied Visa


  7. where is the rest of my blog

  8. here is something our country wants to reunite Illegal immigrants yet a USA citizen with special offence are not allowed what is wrong with this picture

  9. gotcha! thank you!

  10. Anyone here been charged with a Misdemeanor Sex offence and not on the SOR
    Level 1 misdemeanor charge of sexual conduct with a minor. The charge carries a maximum 180 days in jail and $1,000 fine.
    A 170-day jail term was suspended as long as the teen successfully completes the year of probation that was also ordered. Because of the misdemeanor charge, he will not have to register with the state’s sex offender registry.

  11. The US Government needs to abolish these stupid International Megan’s Law. I’d love to get Megan’s mom on video and interview her as she has expressed her opinions about the SO registry not being right. America needs to go back to the principles of what it was founded on.

    • You are right, I am in bitterness life as I type. I happens to be one of a victim fighting AWA law with USCIS, my husband petitioned for me and was denied, we both living in US had a child. My husband’s case has happened 25 years back. And yet, he still carries the stigma all around. It’s unfair. I am in serious pain now, crying since my adjustment of status has bn denied…

    • No, no it’s not Megan’s Mom. She believes they should all be shot by a firing squad. It’s Jacob Wetterling’s Mom who has spoken out against it.

  12. this shit is affecting marriages. Uscis is not helping too

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