Attorney Janice Bellucci is representing plaintiffs in the lawsuit seeking to overturn the law, which requires the government to place a "unique identifier" on the passports of certain registered sex offenders.
Bellucci argued that the passport identifier is unconstitutional on First Amendment grounds. While a passport constitutes government speech, the identifying mark would constitute compelled speech, she said. "If the government limited that identifier to people who've been convicted of child-sex trafficking or tourism, we'd be okay with that," Bellucci said. "But just because somebody is on a sex-offender registry does not indicate that they're likely to engage in trafficking or tourism."The law also requires the Department of Homeland Security to notify foreign governments when a registered sex offender visits their country.
Judge Hamilton did not immediately rule on the request for a preliminary injunction.