The Bush administration has not yet lifted the regulation barring people with HIV from entering the United States, despite the law lifting the ban overwhelmingly passed by the Congress and signed by president Bush last July. Yesterday, they simply reiterated their previous plans to "streamline" the process, which, in fact, does nothing but make it more bureaucratically cumbersome for temporary visitors with HIV to enter the country as tourists or for conferences. They have done nothing to end the ban as the law clearly asked for.
As it currently stands, I will still be required to leave the US for good next March. And many more are in much worse straits. They say they will change the regs. And that it takes time. My guess is that it will take until after the election. But does anyone believe a Palin administration would make life any easier for people with HIV? For people with HIV, the Palin nomination should be terrifying.
AHEM... take that as a temporary lift to the boycott on talking about what's her name.
QC.com reported on the lifting of the HIV-travel ban -- or I thought I did (which actually sparked an interesting debate between me and Benjamin Nicholas found here but on a completely different subject, ultimately). I'm supportive of eliminating the ban and think that this is just another smoke-screen to the homophobia and xenophobia/racism of the Bush administration.