Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement announcing legislation to reform the visa waiver program:
“One of the biggest concerns of the Chairmen’s Task Force on Counterterrorism and Homeland Security has been the visa waiver program. Thirty-eight countries participate in this program to expedite travel. However, there are at least 5,000 people with western passports who have travelled to Iraq, Syria, or other parts of the region to join up with ISIS or other terrorist groups. Under current rules, these people could enter the United States for up to 90 days with very little scrutiny.
“The bill being introduced by Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) will improve American security by making sure every country in the program has an e-passport, that if a passport is lost or stolen it is reported to Interpol, and that people who travel to Iraq, Syria, or other places of concern go through the regular visa screening process. I believe this bill will have very strong bipartisan support and should become law as quickly as possible.”