December 8, 2015

Ratcliffe Votes to Protect Homeland by Closing Gaps in Visa Waiver Program

Washington, DC – Rep. John Ratcliffe voted in favor of H.R. 158, the Visa Waiver Improvement Act, as another layer of defense against foreign fighters entering our homeland. He stressed that this an important step, but that much more work remains to be done to overcome President Obama’s national security failures.

“There are currently around 5,000 foreign fighters with western passports who do not need visas to enter the United States,” Ratcliffe said.  “This much-needed piece of legislation addresses the gaps that have previously allowed them to enter our homeland undetected.”

Several weeks ago, Ratcliffe voted in favor of the SAFE Act which would pause our Syrian refugee program and initiate a massive overhaul of our tools and processes for vetting such refugees.  Ratcliffe serves on the House Homeland Security Committee and previously served in the Department of Justice as a terrorism prosecutor.  In this role, he put individuals in prison who were funneling money to terrorist groups like Hamas.