Congress has now gone a step further, to actively discourage the emigration of sex offenders.
Crime and punishment is not my field, and I do not know what we should do about convicted sex offenders after they have served their prison terms.
But I do know that Congress has a negative view of this population, and has decided to punish them further.
What has it done? It has taken steps to make sure that the sex offenders stay in the United States, and do not emigrate.
According to a CNN report:
The State Department began revoking the passports of convicted child sex offenders this week, in order to comply with a new law passed last year. Those affected will have to apply for new passports, which will be marked to indicate their conviction.
The sure result of this will be the non-departure of some of these criminals because — I guess — Congress wants to keep them in the United States.
So, being consistent (if consistently wrong), Congress has moved to discourage the emigration of sex criminals, just as it discourages the emigration of illegal aliens.
As Dave Barry writes, "I am not making this up."