Subcommittee Hearing: Combating Terrorist Travel: Does the Visa Waiver Program Keep Our Nation Safe?

March 17, 2015 2:00 PM | 311 Cannon House Office Building

Subcommittee Chairman Candice Miller, R-Mich., on the hearing: “Nearly 40 countries participate in the Visa Waiver Program, which allows visa-free travel into the U.S. Although DHS continuously vets all visa applicants against our terrorism databases, we do not routinely get the critical information we need to identify and stop foreign fighters bound for the U.S. from our overseas partners in the program. This poses a serious threat to our homeland and must be addressed, which is why I have introduced legislation that allows DHS to suspend the participation of countries that fail to provide the United States with the pertinent information needed to combat terror threats. Additionally, my bill strengthens our counterterrorism efforts by codifying the department’s newly adopted practice of collecting additional biographical data during the application process. Next week, we will hear more about ways to strengthen the Visa Waiver Program to address the security vulnerabilities it currently poses.”

Opening Statements

Rep. Candice Miller, R-Mich., Subcommittee Chairman

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Dr. Marc Frey
Senior Director
Steptoe and Johnson, LLP
Witness Statement [PDF]

Mr. Roger J. Dow
President and Chief Executive Officer
U.S. Travel Association
Witness Statement [PDF]
Witness Truth in Testimony [PDF]

Dr. Steven P. Bucci
The Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for
Foreign and National Security Policy
The Heritage Foundation
Witness Statement [PDF]
Witness Truth in Testimony [PDF]

Mr. Brian Michael Jenkins
Senior Adviser to the RAND President
The RAND Corporation
Witness Statement [PDF]