House Votes To Tighten Visa Waiver Program

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Law360, Washington (December 8, 2015, 7:14 PM ET) — The House easily passed legislation Tuesday to overhaul the visa waiver program by barring visa-free entry to anyone who has recently traveled to Iraq or Syria, a move the bill’s backers said aims to prevent terrorists from entering the U.S.

House lawmakers voted 407-19 on H.R. 158, the Visa Waiver Program Improvement Act, with backers arguing that the changes are needed to ensure the program lets legitimate travelers enter the U.S. while erecting necessary entry barriers for people who represent security risks.

“No amount of economic…

Source: Law360