|This week, in an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 407-19, the House of Representatives passed the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act. The bill would restrict travel to the United States by ending visa-free entry to those who qualify for the visa waiver program – specifically those that have visited countries of concern and state sponsors of terrorism, such as Syria, Iraq, and Iran, as of March 1, 2011. |
The changes are among the most substantial ever made to the 30-year-old visa waiver program, which allows eligible individuals from countries that participate in the program to travel to the U.S. for limited time periods without having to apply for a visa. This legislative action came in response to the recent attacks in Paris by ISIS and the attack in California by a couple expressing support for the terror group on social media.
Congressman Forbes voted in favor of the bill.
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