Monday, January 30, 2017
Jesus Christ... It Ain't About Religion!!
Today's history lesson comes to you courtesy of the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015.
If you are gonna raise hell about Trump's executive order on travel restrictions, you should know history. And then you should wonder why you never even heard of the Terrorist Travel Prevention Act. And why you STILL have not heard any Democrat refer to it this week. And after you learn history, you should read Trump's Executive Order to know exactly what it says. By the way, it mentions only one country by name... Syria.
FYI, the Visa Waiver Program is a US program that was passed in 1986 during Reagan's administration. It allows citizens of 38 identified, developed countries to travel to the United States for up to 90 days without having to apply for and obtain a visa. Nationals of countries not part of the agreement must apply for a visa in order to travel to the US. In order to get a visa to the US, one would need to apply, get fingerprinted and have a face to face visitor visa interview at the US Embassy or Consulate in their country. There is generally a wait of several weeks.
On December 18, 2015, President Barack Obama signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2016, which included the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 (the Act). This Act identified that nationals of VWP countries who have traveled to Iraq, Syria, Iran, and Sudan after 2011 were no longer eligible to travel or be admitted to the United States under the VWP. In February, 2016, Obama's Dept of Homeland Security added Libya, Yemen and Somalia to that list of Countries of Particular Concern. They would now need to apply for a visa as any other citizen of any other non-VWP country. Simply because they VISITED one of the seven countries.