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Terrorism and the Visa Waiver Program, Joint Hearing Before the Subcommittee on National Security and the Subcommittee on Health Care, Benefits, and Administrative Rules of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, December 10, 2015   [open pdf - 4MB]

This is the December 10, 2015 hearing on "Terrorism and the Visa Waiver Program," held before the House of Representatives Subcommittee on National Security and the Subcommittee on Health Care, Benefits, and Administrative Rules of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. From the opening statement of Ron DeSantis: "The United States, our Western allies, and, indeed, the civilized world are facing a global jihad that is dedicated to the destruction of our way of life. While certain terrorist groups, such as ISIS, receive understandable attention, the global jihadist movement is not limited to members of ISIS. Indeed, the terrorists who massacred 13 Americans in California were dedicated to jihad before ISIS even rose to prominence. To protect the American people, terrorists cannot be allowed to gain access to the United States. To gain entry into the United States, citizens of most countries must obtain visas issued at overseas embassies and consulates by the State Department following an in-person interview with the Department of State consular officer. An exception to this rule is the Visa Waiver Program. Established in 1986, the program allows foreign nationals of 38 countries to enter the United States as temporary, non-immigrant visitors for up to 90 days without having to obtain a visa or undergo an in person interview at a U.S. consulate. The terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13 demonstrated the Visa Waiver Program represents a potential vulnerability our country. Those terrorists killed nearly 130 people and over 350 injuries. At least five of the attackers were French nationals, two of whom were living in Belgium, and one was a Belgium national. Nationals of both France and Belgium are able to enter the United States under the Visa Waiver Program." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Kelli Ann Burriesci, Janice Kephart, Brian Michael Jenkins, and Ken Gude.

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2017
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