House passes bill to overhaul visa waiver program
WASHINGTON — The House has “overwhelmingly” passed legislation on Tuesday that would revamp the Federal Visa Waiver Program.
The bill would ban those from Iraq, Syria, Iran and Sudan, or those who have been in those countries in the past five years, from entering the United States without a visa, reported CNN.
GOP and House Democrats called for all 38 countries who participate in the program to increase the amount of information that is shared between them.
Those who do not, will be cut from the program.
The bill also called for increased efforts in detecting fraud when it comes to passports.
“This will help neutralize the threat from foreign terrorists entering our country,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Tuesday.
Under the current rules, people can travel for a certain amount of time without applying for a visa.