Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 06073171 (posted Jul. 31, 2006)"
President Bush, on 7/27/06, signed into law the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 (H.R. 4472; PL 109-248). Drafted to strengthen penalties against child predators, the Act also bars convicted sex offenders from having family-based petitions approved and makes failure to register as a sex offender a deportable offense. Specifically, section 402 bars all U.S. citizens and permanent residents convicted of a specified offense against a minor (as defined in section 111 of the Act) from ever petitioning for any family member (spouse, children, parents, siblings, fiancées) for permanent residency. The only circumstance for waiving this bar is if the Secretary of Homeland Security, in his sole and unreviewable discretion, determines that the U.S. citizen or permanent resident poses no risk to the family member seeking permanent residency.