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House Passes Child Soldiers Accountability Act

On September 8, the House approved, 317-0, S. 2135, the Child Soldiers Accountability Act. The Senate passed the bill on December 19, 2007 (see The Source, 12/19/07). 

Sponsored by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) to ensure that those who recruit child soldiers cannot use the United States as a safe haven, the bill will “prohibit the recruitment or use of child soldiers, designate persons who recruit or use child soldiers as inadmissible aliens, [and] allow the deportation of persons who recruit or use child soldiers.” The bill would “[exclude] any group assembled solely for nonviolent political association.” 

The House-passed version includes minor technical changes, which the Senate is expected to approve.

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