Now America cracks down on ANYONE who has travelled to Syria and Iraq after Trump speech

TRAVELLERS who have visited Syria or Iraq in the last five-years will now have to apply for a visa to enter the United States in a bid to prevent Islamic State (ISIS) attacks, following the Paris terror strikes.

PUBLISHED:  Wed, Dec 9, 2015 | 

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People who have visited Syria or Iraq in the previous five-years will have to apply for a visa

Backed by the White House, the Senate voted by a large majority last night to exclude people who have travelled to the two war-torn countries from its visa waiver programme.

The scheme allows citizens of 38 countries to travel to the US for stays of 90-days or less without first obtaining a visa.

You have more than 5,000 individuals that have Western passports in this program that have gone to Iraq or Syria in the last five years

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Belgium and France, home to most of theIslamic State (ISIS) perpetrators of last month’s terror attacks, are among the participating countries.

Countries in the programme will also be required to share counter-terror information with the US or face expulsion from the programme, which includes Britain.

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Even aid-workers and journalists will have to apply for a visa

They will also be required to issue e-passports with biometric information – a caveat which the travel industry has said is a step too far as it is expensive.

The vote comes in the same week as Reublican Presidential hopeful and billionaire Donald Trump drew widespread global condemnation after saying the United States should ban all Muslims from entering the country.

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The White House backed the vote as well

As America tightens its grip on security in the wake of several ISIS – also called Daesh – terror attacks, it announced all travellers will be checked against Interpol databases.

Majority leader Kevin McCarthy, said: “You have more than 5,000 individuals that have Western passports in this program that have gone to Iraq or Syria in the last five years.

“Those are gaps that we need to fix.”

The bill, which passed with a 388 majority out of 426, was voted for following a series of would-be terrorists legally entering the United States without a visa.

“Shoe bomber” Richard Reid, boarded a flight from Paris to Miami in December 2001 and attempted to set off a bomb while Zaharias Moussaoui, the “20th hijacker” from the September 11 attacks, flew from London to Chicago with a French passport in February 2001, Homeland Security revealed.

In a rare show of bipartisan agreement, lawmakers from both sides of the house spoke in favour of the legislation.

It comes after the Obama administration was angered when the House approved legislation last month cracking down on the Syrian refugee programme in the immediate aftermath of the Paris attacks.

The President said the Syrian refugee bill was unnecessary because the small number of Syrian refugees entering the country are already extensively screened.

Since then the bill has gone nowhere and looks unlikely to advance.

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The Senate has been fighting over the number of Syrian refugees allowed into the US

Critics of last night’s vote, such as Democrat Keith Ellison, said the bill goes too far by stripping visa waiver privileges from all Syrian and Iraqi nations and said it should include more exceptions for more people, such as journalists and researchers, who America is famously suspicious of anyway.

He said: “Our focus should be on terrorism, not just country or origin.”

Under the bill the only exceptions will be for official government visits and military service.


2 replies

  1. Well, this seems to include me. As Chief of Mission of the International Organization for Migration, Iraq, I have overseen programs worth about 400 million dollars for the benefit of Iraq. Most of it under US occupation. And now the US wants to treat me equal to a terrorist? – Well, I will try to avoid visiting the USA. Let my relatives come and visit me instead. (Or am I excempt because I was a ‘Governmental visitor’?)

  2. Victimhood is a foundational part of the islamic theology. Policies which affect others are portrayed as being meant to target muslims. There is something called a ‘no fly’ list which excludes anyone who has visited certain countries from flying into the US. Stephen Hayes, a Fox News contributor, was banned for 8 weeks until the Homeland Secretary was confronted with his case. His offence? He had bought a one way ticket to Istanbul from where he planned to board a cruise ship. Anyone who has visited a country on that list is required to explain what he went there for.
    There is something called ‘national security’.

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