Combating Terrorist Travel: Does the Visa Waiver Program Keep Our Nation Safe? Hearing Before the Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, March 17, 2015   [open pdf - 2MB]

This is a testimony compilation from the March 17, 2015 hearing "Combating Terrorist Travel: Does the Visa Waiver Program Keep Our Nation Safe?" held before the House Committee on Homeland Security. From the opening statement of Subcommittee Chairman Candice Miller: "Over the past year, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, and several other extremist groups, have attracted tens of thousands of young men and women to join their ranks, many of whom hold passports from France, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Canada and other Western nations, including the United States. Many foreign fighters could be just one flight away, bringing with them the skills, training, ideology and commitment to killing Americans they learned overseas. […] Although our Customs and Border Protection agents continuously vet all visa and ESTA [Electronic System for Travel Authorization] applicants against our terrorist databases, this information is imperfect if we do not have a complete picture of an individual's travel route. Critical information sharing, especially with our European allies, is vital to help combat the threat of foreign fighters bound for the United States. Unfortunately, Europe as a whole has been reluctant to share certain passenger name record data, or PNR data, with the United States, and such a gap puts U.S. citizens at risk." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Marc Frey, Roger J. Dow, Steven P. Bucci, and Brian Michael Jenkins

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