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New Look at Visa Program

January 29, 2008 | City Safe

The visa-waiver program — which allows most Europeans who travel to the U.S. as tourists entry without obtaining visas — should be re-examined, according to security experts. Professor Joseph King agrees, citing the recent spurt of homegrown terrorism cases in London and Madrid. “They are allowed to come to JFK without ever seeing a U.S. government official,” says Prof. King, referring to the 27 countries currently in the program. “In some countries, if you marry a citizen you get a passport within a year. They don’t have the background checks that we have.”
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