The Visa Waiver Program (VWP)

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H.R. 158, the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI), amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide enhanced security measures for the visa waiver program (VWP).

This legislation passed the House of Representatives with a vote of 407-19 and became law as part of the year-end spending bill President Obama signed on December 18, 2015.

See Committee actions on H.R. 158, here.

Press Releases: 

McCaul, Miller on Further Travel Restrictions for Visa Waiver Program
February 18, 2016

House Leaders Press President Obama on Administration’s Unilateral Changes to Visa Waiver Law
January 28, 2016 

McCaul, Miller Statement on Administration’s Visa Waiver Program Implementation 
January 21, 2016 

Chairman McCaul Statement on Implementation of Iran Deal
January 17, 2016 

Congressional Leaders to Administration: Don’t Abuse Visa Waiver Law
December 24, 2015 

McCaul Statement in Defense of Visa Waiver Program Improvement 
December 22, 2015 

Resources: 

Visa Waiver Program and Existing Security Gaps

Letter to Secretaries Kerry and Johnson on Letter to Iranian Foreign Minister
December 22, 2015 

Letter to President Obama on Implementation of the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Prevention Act of 2015
January 28, 2016 

Letter to Secretary Johnson on Growth of ISIL in Libya
February 12, 2016

In The News: 

“This is a huge issue,” Rep. Candice Miller (R., Mich.), the sponsor of legislation to allow the Homeland Security Department to suspend a country’s participation in the program if it isn’t sharing foreign travel and terrorism information with the U.S. “We have to look at our current systems and how terrorists are exploiting our freedoms” she said in an interview. (WSJ: Visa-Waiver Program Gets Scrutiny: Lawmakers and Administration Officials Worry About a Security Threat in the Wake of the Paris Attacks)

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