Visa Waiver Reforms: Bill Enhancing Visas Waivers Gets Bipartisan Latino Support, Passes House Vote – Latin Post.
The House of Representatives passed legislation that would amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to strengthen the U.S. visa waiver program.
The “Visa Waiver Program Improvement Act of 2015” (H.R. 158), which Rep. Candice Miller, R-Mich., introduced earlier this year, received bipartisan support when the vote came on Tuesday. With 407-19, H.R. 158 passed the House and awaits the Senate to pick it up for a vote.
H.R. 158 requires the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to consider the risk of terrorism under the electronic system for travel authorization (ESTA) when accessing a foreigner’s eligibility to travel and enter the U.S. The DHS would also be tasked to report to Congress on the number of individuals who were denied eligibility to travel or have had their eligibility revoked. Further, the DHS would notify Congress about foreign governments on whether or not they are complying with sharing information, such as a passenger’s identity, passport theft or less, or a citizen or national’s travel patterns that “may pose a concern to U.S. security.” Read more at Latin Post.