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Penelope Smith, of the US-VISIT Program, demonstrates the process of inkless fingerprints scanning during a news conference on the program October 28, 2003 in Washington, DC. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security unveiled the US-VISIT Program, which will capture more complete arrival and departure data, such as fingerprints and mug …

GAO: More Than a Third of Visa Waiver Countries Failing to Share Terrorists’ Info With U.S.

The Visa Waiver Program allows foreign nationals from 38, largely European, countries to travel to the U.S. without a visa for tourist and businesses stays up to 90 days. The program requires participating countries to enter into information sharing agreements to report travel threats. The GAO reports, however, that many VPW countries are not living up to their ends of the bargain.

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GOP Rep. Says Obama Visa Waiver Changes ‘Clearly Outside the Rule of Law’

Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL) has filed a resolution to censure and condemn President Obama over his administration’s move to exempt certain travelers to the U.S. who have recently been to Iran or other terrorist hotspots from the new, congressionally mandated, enhanced Visa Waiver Program security measures.


DHS Plans to Increase Scrutiny of Social Media Posts by Visa Applicants

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is planning to increase scrutiny of social-media posts by visa applicants before certain individuals are permitted to enter the United States, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) has learned from a person familiar with the plan.

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) speaks during a 'Students For Rand Rally' at George Washington University November 19, 2015 in Washington, DC. Sen. Paul continued to campaign for the Republican nomination for U.S. president. (Photo by )

Rand Paul: Marco Rubio Is The Weakest Candidate On National Defense

Sen. Rand Paul calls his presidential competitor Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) “the weakest” of the Republican presidential candidates when it comes to national defense. “Rubio has never been very good with border security, he’s pretty much has been an open


Senators Look to Beef Up Visa Waiver Program Security

A bipartisan group of senators has introduced legislation that would impose additional requirements on the Visa Waiver Program – which allows citizens of participating countries to travel to the U.S. for 90 days or less without a visa — as a means of helping to prevent terrorists from entering the U.S.

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Desertion by Islamic State Fighters Is Up, Raising Fears of Attacks in the West

Army Col. Steve Warren, spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State (ISIS), said Sunday that jihadists appear to be deserting the group in growing numbers, leaving ISIS strongholds badly secured but prompting new concerns that defecting jihadists will return home battle-hardened and ready to execute “lone wolf” attacks.


U.S. Visa Waiver Program Tightened After Paris Terror Attacks

On Monday, the White House announced some tightening of the visa waiver program, whose participants include countries such as France and Belgium. The Paris terror attacks were the obvious reason for the new measures.