Congress votes overwhelmingly to restrict visa waivers for travelers

by Cristina Marcos  |  published on December 9, 2015

The House voted Tuesday to restrict a program that allows people from some countries to come to the U.S. without a visa, responding to growing fears about the threat of terrorism from overseas.

Lawmakers easily approved the measure in a bipartisan, 407-19 vote. All 19 votes against the measure were from Democrats.

The waiver program allows tourists from 38 countries, including the United Kingdom, Spain and France, to stay in the U.S. for up to 90 days without a visa. About 20 million tourists use the program each year.

  • I Seigel

    It would be really nice if this website would report just one news story a day accurately. I doubt they can.

    The news isn’t that “Congress” passed this legislation. Only the House passed it.

    • Dave N.

      It’s fairly apparent they don’t realize Congress is a reference to both houses. I get tired of this as well as it is misleading to many who don’t have a clear understanding of the government.

      • I Seigel

        Thanks Dave. It’s also misleading to those who DO understand the difference!

        • Dave N.

          Agreed! My other private bitch is not fully checking and vetting their sources. I want facts, not bias conjecture. I’ll decide what I think about what is presented.

          • I Seigel

            Think of all the people here who simply take this website and others at face value, without the least bit of curiosity or awareness of the need for fact-checking on THEIR part AND on the part of the website.

          • raffaelecafagna

            Knowledge is Power ; Being Informed , that is .

  • enubus

    The 19 are enemies of the State and should be recalled ASAP!

  • harrydweeks

    Gee isn’t it amazing …….. Trump brings up the flaws in our system , the elites condemn him , then go to work fixing what he pointed out. AMAZING.

    • raffaelecafagna

      *France 24 reports that police uncovered massive stash of 7.62mm
      Kalashnikov ammunition and ISIS propaganda videos. A revolver and jihadist
      documents were also found at the home of one of the mosque leaders. At
      least 334 weapons were confiscated and 232 Muslims were arrested, with 22
      under surveillance with travel bans and 9 placed under house arrest. This
      is the third mosque to be closed in France since the Paris attack on
      November 13. As a result of the terror attacks, 2,235 homes have been
      subsequently raided.*

      *In 15 days we have seized one-third of the quantity of war-grade weapons
      that are normally seized in a year, France`s Interior Minister Bernard
      Cazeneuve told Express. Police also found recordings of religious chants
      glorifying the martyrs of jihad linked to the terrorist organisation
      Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda, the prefecture added.
      While those of us on the right warn that more gun control will only leave
      us defenseless, France has proven it with their own failed policies. All
      but banning weapons hasn`t stopped Islamic terrorists from obtaining them,
      as these raids have shown. This is one instance where we should learn from
      the mistakes of others, rather than making more of our own mistakes that
      will cost more American lives .

    • Artemis

      Don’t you just love it? He also mentioned months ago bombing the oil that they “steal” from Syria and other countries and ship by caravans of trucks to be sold elsewhere…..The bombing “missions now taking place in the M.E. are now doing that as well….

  • Upaces

    Interesting….yet many of them raised hell when Trump stated this!

  • raffaelecafagna

    Video: Muslim Migrant beats rapes US woman while chanting Allahu Akbar
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8iNJzy0e6w&feature=youtu.be

  • paulyz

    Same thing Trump wants to do, but Muslim terrorists have immigrated to other nations as well, why Trump is spot-on.

    • raffaelecafagna

      This is from Speaker of the House Ryan ( after what Trump said ) . Ryan is a POS of a RINO .

      “Normally, I do not comment on what’s going on in the presidential election. I will take an exception today. This is not conservatism. What was proposed yesterday is not what this party stands for and, more importantly, it’s not what this country stands for. Not only are there many Muslims serving in our armed forces, dying for this country. There are Muslims serving right here in the House, working every day to uphold and defend the constitution. Some of our best and biggest allies in this struggle and fight against radical Islamic terror are Muslims, the vast, vast, vast, vast majority of whom are peaceful, who believe in pluralism, freedom, democracy, individual rights.

      “I told our members this morning to always strive to live up to our highest ideals, to uphold those principles in the Constitution on which we swear every two years that we will defend.”

      • liberty49

        Ryan has no clue either what is already law. RINO!

      • Artemis

        As I recall a so-called “peaceful” Muslim who was in our Military, and correct me if I’m wrong, an Officer and served as a medical professional, went “over the edge” and killed some of our Military People! Is that an example of a “peace loving” Muslim? I think they either need to define themselves SOON, or be assumed to be the enemy! The “not so peaceful” ones have in plain English declared war on all of the world…..the bombing missions now taking place are but a small sample of what they are “up” against. They also had the audacity to blow up a Russian Airliner, then very stupidly took “credit” for that very “SICK”
        accomplishment??? Then along comes the sympathetic JERKS complaining about what Donald Trump said about “keeping them from entering OUR Country”! If they don’t agree with The Donald on that one, then I propose that we deport the complainers to one of the Muslim Countries that they seem to owe their “allegiance” to….particularly John McCain….King of RINOS!

        • raffaelecafagna

          Very Well said and Explained ; Thank you . I was in Ft. Hood that ” Infamous Day ” , in a different location , when the ” Massacre ” happened . Major Assad , Army doctor , went on a rampage killing spree in a ” Gun Free Zone ” ( Yes indeed a gun free zone ; no weapons allowed on any Military Installations ; No C.C.L. military or civilians allowed to have a weapon on Base , any Bases . )
          There have been similar Incidents in other Military Bases and Recruiting Centers . This is what P.O.S. Ryan is talking about . ??????????

      • paulyz

        Ryan is establishment, he has to say tgat, but many Constitutional scholars have already said Trump is completely within American Laws since the Federal Government can set any immigration laws they want, especially when it concerns American security. p.s. Trump isn’t discussing American Citizens, but foreigners.

        • raffaelecafagna

          Trump loves America ; Ryan and the establishment could care Less .
          ” what this party stands for ” ; Really . What do ” They ” stand for .???? 13 to 30 Million Illegals , Amnesty , common core , LGBT`s , same sex marriages , no Christianity , benghasi the beast , 20 Trillion $ man ; I can go on for ever . Muslims serving in our armed forces ??
          Major Assad , U.S. Army doctor @ Ft. Hood , killed 13 and wounded 32 Innocent Americans ; at the ” Ceremony ” in Ft. Hood , zero holding his testicles , refusing to salute and work-place incident .

          paulyz does All these sounds Familiar to you .???????????

        • raffaelecafagna

          Trump loves America ; Ryan and the establishment could care Less .
          ” what this party stands for ” ; Really . What do ” They ” stand for .???? 13 to 30 Million Illegals , Amnesty , common core , LGBT`s , same sex marriages , no Christianity , benghasi the beast , 20 Trillion $ man ; I can go on for ever . Muslims serving in our armed forces ??
          Major Assad , U.S. Army doctor @ Ft. Hood , killed 13 and wounded 32 Innocent Americans ; at the ” Ceremony ” in Ft. Hood , zero holding his testicles , refusing to salute and work-place incident .

          paulyz does All these sounds Familiar to you .???????????

          • paulyz

            I am all for Trump, & I hate Ryan.

  • Seedman

    The Bible speaks to Islam. Anyone, including angels who speaks to another saving gospel is to be accursed. Accursed is an interesting word meaning estrangement from Christ and His salvation.

  • Larry

    Some are trying, but this still doesn’t vett the people who may lie and just join another bus.

  • a flag waving AMERICAN mike

    My knowledge of Religion is not real great but if you do the right thing you go to heaven, you do the wrong thing you go to Hell.I also think of the CONSTITUTION as a type of Religion and if dose not fit in the frame work of the CONSTITUTION it has no use in the US.

  • Bernie Lounds

    It’s about time they try to do something.And Pam is right common sense moved out all together when Obama and his democrats moved in.

  • liberty49

    Nobody is mentioning a law that has been on the books since 1952 which restricts immigration by Muslims who wish the destruction of our country, which, according to the Quran is all Muslims.

    • Glenda Jordan

      Maybe most people are unaware of this law and it’s been shelved over the years? So how can we dust it off, bring it to the forefront and put to good use?? I’m sure the majority would be all for this…it’s time to start doing! We can no longer just talk…we get more of ‘nuf “just talk” from boybarry the sound of his voice hurts my head! Add to this the noise from Hilder…..I so want to muzzle ’em!

      • liberty49

        I have sent info on this to several in Congress as I think it would be up to Congress to dust it off and see that it is implemented.

        • Glenda Jordan

          Awesome liberty49! I’m going to look into this more-I’d like to find some info that I could print regarding this law and pass around to family and friends. The more ppl are aware the better the possibility more ppl request (or give ’em a kick) congress take some action.

          • liberty49

            The law is the Nationality Act of 1952. We must make someone in the Congress listen!

          • Glenda Jordan

            T/Y for direction to get me started. This so reminds me of something I hear a lot lately…”We don’t need more laws why can’t we simply enforce the laws we have now?!”

          • liberty49

            It’s very simple. Our lawmakers have no idea WHAT laws are already on the books! And our President certainly isn’t going to mention this one!

          • Artemis

            Here it is people, clear and plain. Both parties of our “so-Called” Government are working together, Yeah, Bi-partisan FOR the NWO, and AGAINST the American People!

          • raffaelecafagna

            DON”T FORGOT ABOUT THIS LAW……Islam, by law, is prohibited from US immigration
            The Immigration and Nationality Act passed June 27, 1952 revised the laws relating to immigration, naturalization, and nationality for the United States. That act, which became Public Law 414, established both the law and the intent of Congress regarding the immigration of Aliens to the US and remains in effect today. Among the many issues it covers, one in particular, found in Chapter 2 Section 212, is the prohibition of entry to the US if the Alien belongs to an organization seeking to overthrow the government of the United States by “force, violence, or other unconstitutional means.” This, by its very definition, rules out Islamic immigration to the United States, but this law is being ignored by the White House.Islamic immigration to the US would be prohibited under this law because the Koran, Sharia Law and the Hadith all require complete submission to Islam, which is antithetical to the US government, the Constitution, and to the Republic. All Muslims who attest that the Koran is their life’s guiding principal subscribe to submission to Islam and its form of government. Now the political correct crowd would say that Islamists cannot be prohibited from entering the US because Islam is a religion. Whether it is a religion is immaterial because the law states that Aliens who are affiliated with any “organization” that advocates the overthrow of our government are prohibited

          • podunk1

            Here’s condensed key word Constitutional supreme law text
            locked in with unconditional oath/duty behind the blog subject.

            Obama is betraying Article 1 Section 2 “faithfully
            execute… preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution”, Article 1 Section 3
            …shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed…” Article 3 Section 3 –
            “Treason… adhering to… Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort…” Article 3 Section
            4 “… shall protect each against Invasion…”, and aggressive unending serial
            violations of citizHere’s condensed key word Constitutional supreme law text locked in with unconditional oath/duty behind the blog subject.
            Obama is betraying Article 1 Section 2 “faithfully execute… preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution”, Article 1 Section 3 …shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed…” Article 3 Section 3 – “Treason… adhering to… Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort…” Article 3 Section 4 “… shall protect each against Invasion…”, and aggressive unending serial violations of citizens’ civil rights (Amendments). One can add Biblical portions of felony fraud, extortion, looting the treasury, counterfeiting, etc.
            Congress is engaged in, aiding, and abetting by acts and betrayal of 2nd oath/duty “…defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic… bear true faith and allegiance… without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion… will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office…”! The nation is under invasion and mortal attack and all are running the other way, hiding, or actively engaged with the enemy!
            Amendment 14 – 1) …No State shall make or enforce any law which abridge(s) (citizen) privileges or immunities… nor deny equal protection… 3) “No (oath bound) person shall… hold any office… (who has) engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the (Constitution), or given aid or comfort to (its) enemies…” 4)…neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion …”
            Words quoted are copied Constitutional SUPREME LAW text! IT IS TIME FOR THE STATES AND CITIZENS TO APPLY DUE PROCESS AND END TREASON in every court in the land by jury trial!!
            ens’ civil rights (Amendments). One can add Biblical
            portions of felony fraud, extortion, looting the treasury, counterfeiting, etc.

            Congress is engaged in, aiding, and abetting by acts
            and betrayal of 2nd oath/duty “…defend the Constitution against all enemies,
            foreign and domestic… bear true faith and allegiance… without any mental
            reservation or purpose of evasion… will well and faithfully discharge the
            duties of the office…”! The nation is under invasion and mortal attack and
            all are running the other way, hiding, or actively engaged with the enemy!

            Amendment 14 – 1) …No State shall make or enforce
            any law which abridge(s) (citizen) privileges or immunities… nor deny equal
            protection… 3) “No (oath bound) person shall… hold any office… (who has)
            engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the (Constitution), or given aid
            or comfort to (its) enemies…” 4)…neither the United States nor any State
            shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or
            rebellion …”

            Words quoted are copied Constitutional SUPREME LAW
            text! IT IS TIME FOR THE STATES AND CITIZENS TO APPLY DUE PROCESS AND END
            TREASON in every court in the land by jury trial!!

          • Artemis

            Great, there are some Real Americans out there….Time to plant our feet People!

          • podunk1

            Demand Constitutional ENFORCEMENT IN EVERY COURT!

          • Glenda Jordan

            T/Y raffael for this info, very helpful for my lil’ project I started.

          • raffaelecafagna

            you are welcome ; pass it around and send it to your Representatives .
            Thanks.

      • harrydweeks

        I think Trump not only dusted it off, I think he is polishing it up.

    • 7papa7

      Lets hope we can get a veto proof vote in the senate because you know that obama will veto it so he can get his terrorist buddies into the country. I would not be surprised at all if he is working with the terrorist to help get them in through his invasion plan. He is probably working with Syria so that say 10-15% of the refugees must be terrorists. I find it interesting, not surprising, that all who opposed the bill were democrats. It is probably a list of the muzzies in the house.

    • Artemis

      I’ve wondered for a long time that if there are “Peaceful” Non-Violent so-called Moderates, why They SELDOM speak out against Islamic Terrorists???? Only recently are some of them starting to do that……kind of makes a lot of us wonder apparently! As liberty49 has stated “according to the Quran, or Koran, all Muslims”. If not “all” Muslims, then they are being disobedient to their “Holy” Book, are they not? Like Donald Trump said we the people cannot afford to trust them in the meantime! So here’s the “proposed” scenario, we the American People are supposed to sit back and watch our Phony President, (and others) bring in hordes of people from the Middle East that cannot have a definite “background” check, have our DEFENSIVE weapons taken from us, and become “targets” for those who choose to have ILLEGAL guns….Sorry folks that ain”t gonna fly! I am a Veteran, USMC, and USN, and there are millions of us out here. and most , if not all of us have weapons, AND know how to use them, and although we may be willing to “put it all out there” for Our Country, that doesn’t hold true for someone’s damned “religion”. So, here’s a message for Paul Ryan AND all of those that would propose to invite our enemies to America…..Get your head out of your backside, and get it thru your thick skulls that, IS NOT who we are! As far as our Guns, we don’t think any of that would be wise on your part!

      • Glenda Jordan

        T/Y, T/Y Artemis! I thank our good Lord for you, the millions like you, our vets and military. The real backbone of our country! We will make it great again for our grandchildren or go down trying! PTL

        • Artemis

          Glenda…..Most of those “representing” “We The People” in Washington have violated our trust, are routinely breaking many laws on a daily basis, as well as violating The Constitution..and they are dumb enough to expect us to nominate the “status quo”….AGAIN? Trump is the ONLY one that makes sense at all! The others become slaves to their “donors” sorry folks, Country before “Party”.

  • Good job……thank you.

  • SDofAZ

    Now it is long past time for the senate and McConnell to do the same or there will be consequences!

  • Pam

    This is the very least they can do! In other times of war we have always restricted entry to citizens of “enemy states”! (And, in fact, I just learned that Jimmy Carter blocked muslims after Iran took our people hostage for what ended up being 444 days).That’s known as COMMON SENSE NATIONAL SECURITY! Unfortunately, common sense is all but dead where our “government” is concerned.
    Lib/progs want to remove EVERY VESTIGE OF RELIGION from the “Public Square” UNLESS THE RELIGION IS ISLAM. Then they decide to PROMOTE “FREEDOM OF RELIGION” for MUSLIMS ONLY!
    Islam is NOT A TRUE RELIGION that “renders to Caesar that which is Caesar’s and renders to God that which is God’s” Instead, islam seeks to be both God and Caesar. It seeks to GOVERN as well as minister.
    Our Constitution DOES NOT ALLOW for any other form of government that runs counter to our National Laws.
    Lib/progs constantly promote themselves as the “protectors” of women and “minorities”, yet fail to see the innate hypocrisy in “championing” islam.
    Islam relegates women to the status of property and even sanctions killing them for things that are not even considered crimes to the rest of the world.
    Islam encourages pedophilia.
    Islam sanctions the killing of homosexuals JUST FOR BEING homosexuals.
    Islam sanctions the killing of “apostates” and “heretics”.
    Something else that is never mentioned in PC media, Mid-east islam considers blacks (even muslim blacks) to be “mud people”. In other words, Iran, isis, al-qaeda and their ilk consider groups like boko-haram and al-shabaab to be nothing more than “useful idiots” who will be eliminated during the cleansing of the caliphate.

    So the next time a lib/prog spouts their newest “catch phrase” – “That’s not who we are.” reply with “Hypocrite”.

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