Obama Administration EASES RESTRICTIONS for travelers to TERROR HOTSPOTS

ByPamela Geller on January 21, 2016
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The man is waging his own jihad. What is his objective? What does he hope to happen?

Not only did the Democrats, the party of treason, block a bill that would tighten the vetting process for Syrian “refugees” seeking asylum in the U.S., but now they are aiding and abetting jihadis.

The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War on America

“Administration eases visa rules for travelers visiting terror hotspots,” FOX News, January 21, 2016:

The Obama administration on Thursday eased visa rules for certain European travelers who have visited terror hotspots in the Middle East and Africa, triggering a backlash from congressional lawmakers who sought the restrictions for security reasons.

Moments after the announcement, two key Republicans declared the administration is “blatantly breaking the law” – a law that President Obama signed – by implementing the changes.

“This is not a difference of opinion over statutory interpretation, it is a clear contradiction of the law and the agreement we reached with the White House,” House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, and Rep. Candice Miller, R-Mich., author of the bill, said in a statement.

The revised requirements announced Thursday pertain to changes passed by Congress in the Visa Waiver Program.

Lawmakers had sought new restrictions to tighten up the program – which allows visa-free travel for residents of eligible countries — in order to prevent Europeans who have joined ISIS from entering the United States. Under the newly passed Visa Waiver Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015, nationals of Iraq, Iran, Syria and Sudan as well as other travelers who have visited those countries since Mar. 1, 2011 now must apply for a visa in order to travel to the U.S.

The administration implemented those changes Thursday — but with some changes of its own.

Under the revised requirements, some Europeans who have traveled to those four countries in the last five years may still be allowed to travel to the United States without obtaining a visa if they meet certain criteria.

The administration announced it will use its waiver authority — granted to it in the legislation — to give waivers to travelers who traveled to the terror hotspots as journalists, for work with humanitarian agencies or on behalf of international organizations, regional organizations and sub-national governments on official duty.

Further, an additional waiver was announced for people who have traveled to Iran “for legitimate business-related purposes” since the conclusion of the Iran nuclear deal in July. The administration offers waivers for individuals who have traveled to Iraq for business as well.

Republicans reacted angrily to the waivers, saying the Obama administration had exploited the limited authority and has compromised national security.

“President Obama and his administration’s decision to abuse their limited waiver authority and allow scores of people who have traveled to or are dual nationals of countries like Iraq and Syria flies in the face of reason and congressional intent,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said in a statement.

“The Obama Administration is essentially rewriting the law by blowing wide open a small window of discretion that Congress gave it for law enforcement and national security reasons,” Goodlatte said.

Under the visa program itself, citizens of 38 countries, mostly in Europe, are generally allowed to travel to the United States without applying for a visa. But they still have to submit biographical information to the Electronic System for Travel Authorization, or ESTA.

The Homeland Security Department said waivers for some ESTA applicants will be granted on a “case-by-case” basis. Those travelers who are denied visa-free travel can still apply for visa through a U.S. embassy in their home country.

The new restrictions had previously been criticized by the Iranian government which suggested the U.S. might be violating the nuclear deal by penalizing legitimate business travel to the country.

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  • Wayne Ville

    The ONLY candidate hanging tough on muslim migration is …….. TRUMP.

    • SchoolinSession

      The rest of the world is hoping Americans get their collective heads out of their asses and not vote this poorly trained circus orangutan into office.

      • You just got schooled

        The rest of the world are a bunch of failed socialist/commie nations so we don’t really give a rats as s what they are hoping. And a poorly trained circus orangutan would be a vast improvement over the monkey turd we currently have in the WH.

    • 762x51FMJ

      Cruz shares this. any flips was Reid provisions that made them un-passable.

  • drummie

    The SOB in the White House is getting more dangerous by the day. WHAT will it take for someone to stop his craziness? Congress apparently won’t so what about the military. Obama should be arrested for TREASON. He is more the president of ISIS than and free country. He obviously hates the united states and anyone that is not black or muslim.

    • SchoolinSession

      Take out the “r” from your name and it’s spot on

    • ThisObamaNation

      We The People are going to have to arrest him. Congress won’t do it, the Military won’t do it, our Intelligence Agencies won’t do it!
      WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO GET UP OFF OUR ASSES AND DO IT OURSELVES!!!!
      If we swarm DC by the millions, they can’t stop us.

    • Dr. Doomsday

      Iranian ICBMs dropping nukes.. or a WMD attack of some kind.

  • Paula Boddington

    The US visa system is insane anyway. If you are from a country that allows visa free travel, but have ever been arrested or appeared before a court, even if no charges were laid, or if you were found not guilty, you still have to apply for a US visa, at considerable cost and effort and this takes months. Innocent until proved guilty … not if you are a citizen from a country which is an ‘ally’ of the US. It was honestly easier to get a visa to enter the Soviet Union during the Cold War than for millions of people to enter the US.

  • Mahou Shoujo

    Let any would be terrorists get to isis. The larger concentration of mentally defective people will tend to make their actions more visible. Then, at some opportune minute, lob a bomb in the middle of them. Best give them all a free cell phone with a “find” app preinstalled.

    • Millionmileman

      This page is dedicated to easing visas. I am the only one who listened to FOX and Harry Reid is going bananas because of the NEW Restrictions! Scroll up a few replies to my actual link to Fox which had the opposite headline to what actually happened! This is another case of people diving off the deep end with no water in the pool!

  • Nonni Maz

    Did you know that We Now Have a Muslim Government?

    Do you really want to know WHO is supporting…ISIS?

    When you read this you will understand why Obama and his minions ‘refuse’ to say the words “radical Islam.”

    John Kerry’s son in law …is an Iranian Muslim.

    Hillary
    Clinton’s …top advisor, Huma Abedin,~~is a Muslim, whose mother and
    brother are involved in the now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

    John Brennan…current head of the CIA converted to Islam while stationed in Saudi Arabia.

    Obama’s top advisor, Valerie Jarrett,~~is a Muslim who was born in Iran where her parents still live.

    Assistant Secretary for Policy Development for Homeland Security, Arif Aikhan,~~is a Muslim.

    Homeland Security Advisor, Mohammed Elibiary,~~ is a Muslim.

    Obama advisor and founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, Salam al-Marayati,~~ is a Muslim.

    Obama’s Sharia Czar, Imam Mohamed Magid, of the Islamic Society of North America~~ is a Muslim.

    Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighbor-hood Partnerships, Eboo Patel,~~is a Muslim.

    And
    last but not least, our closet Muslim himself,~~ Barack Hussein Obama.
    It’s questionable if Obama ever officially took the oath of office when
    he was sworn in. He didn’t repeat the oath properly to defend our nation
    and our Constitution. Later the Democrats claimed he was given the oath
    again….in private? CIA director John Brennan took his oath on a copy of
    the Constitution,~~not a Bible. Congressman, Keith Ellison took his
    oath on a copy ~~of the Qur’an.

    Congresswoman
    Michele Bachman was vilified and almost tarred and feathered by
    Democrats when she voiced her concern about Muslims taking over our
    government.

    Considering all these appointments, it
    would explain why Obama and his minions are systematically destroying
    our nation, supporting radical Muslim groups worldwide, opening our
    southern border, and turning a blind eye to the genocide being
    perpetrated on Christians all over Africa and the Middle East.

    The
    more damage Obama does, the more arrogant he’s become! Our nation and
    our government has been infiltrated by people who want to destroy us. It
    WILL only get worse. All Muslims’ allegiance is to the Quran. Not
    peace.There is no where in the Quran that speaks about peace and getting
    along with one’s fellow man. That, isn’t reality. They want to kill the
    infidel. Jews, Christians, homosexuals, and anyone who does not convert
    to Islam. Obama needs to be thrown in Gitmo …now! He is evil. There
    is no way that this man is a Christian. He belittles Christians. He does
    not follow the Nazarene. He follows the Quran. And no Christian would
    ever turn their back on Israel because Jesus was/is a Jew, and Israel is
    the “Apple of His Eye.” Obama is a wolf in sheep’s clothing a
    chameleon, and many in Congress are …just like him.

    His
    agenda is to turn America into the largest Muslim nation…in the
    world. The USA is run by the Muslim brotherhood. All he has to do is
    declare…martial law. Think about that. Hitler was very much liked by
    the Germans in the beginning. It took Hitler 5 years to become the
    Monster-Dictator he became. It has taken Obama 7 years. He is shedding his snake skin and showing who he really is.

  • Shafiq Islam

    This isn’t new. Do you remember Bush’s Visa Express that allowed the Saudi 9/11 hijackers to enter the US?

  • ThisObamaNation

    It is time for millions of men to take up arms and to march on Washington DC to place Obama under arrest for TREASON.

  • SchoolinSession

    Oh a report from Fox news…..credibility instantly out the window

    • Evil Liberal

      Just because its on Fox doesn’t mean its not true. The commentary on Fox may be quite skewed, but actual events are easy to check on.

    • Paula Coyle

      a comment from a muslim troll… credibility instantly out the window.

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      • Andrew

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  • Daiseymae

    I am counting the day until the traitor in office leaves.

  • Shafiq Islam
  • Millionmileman

    And today Kerry admitted that Iran will probably finance terrorist with money.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dUUHzcFX5U

  • Millionmileman

    NO! NO! Listen to
    FOX they say there are MORE Visa restriction! NOT less!

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/01/21/us-announces-plan-for-new-visa-rules-for-some-europeans.html

  • Drew the Infidel

    San Bernardino showed us the payoff for this type of visa oversight but no matter. After Obhammud’s capitulation to the Iranians every US citizen now has a target on his back for every raghead with dollar signs in his eyes.

  • thefounderswereright

    what will the white house do when Americans start killing Muslims when they rape and molest and rob and murder members of there family’s?

  • Millionmileman

    Missing from this story is that the Democrats voted against vetting Syrian Refugees. My US Sen. Ron Johnson (R) Wisconsin, Chairman Homeland Security Committee supported vetting.

    http://www.rightwisconsin.com/dailytakes/Sen-Ron-Johnson–366068341.html

  • Infidel Knight

    Because Obama needs more trained Jihadi’s in America to carry out his last year’s plan.

  • 762x51FMJ

    Assad must go.

  • karl59

    Obama fits the profile of mental disorder!!!!!!!!

  • Liberty

    This dictator Muslim needs to be impeached! NOW!!!