Representative Henry Cuellar (D-TX) declared, “we still have a problem with so many people coming in” through the border on Tuesday’s “Your World with Neil Cavuto” on the Fox News Channel. Cuellar said, “we still have a problem with so many people coming in. Last year, we had 62,000 kids that came in. 40,000 of them unaccompanied, 6 — 22,000 of them with parents, this from Central America. We had about 87, 90 Syrians that came in, this last fiscal year in south Texas. and then also, Cubans. We had about 45,000 Cubans that came in through the southwest part of the border, about 27,000 of them through my hometown of Laredo.” He also discussed the Syrian refugee crisis, stating that he’s not satisfied the US can properly vet refugees, and that while he’s not in favor of barring people from entry, those who are let in need to be properly vetted. Cuellar added the US needs to be “smarter” about letting people in, and pointed to the visa waiver program and visa overstays as things that should be looked at. Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
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Authorities in the border city of El Paso are looking into why a high school student set himself on fire.
In less than 24 hours, Breitbart News readers purchased all 3,500 of the limited edition “Merry Christmas” coffee tumblers and raised over $14,000 for Wreaths Across America, a charity whose mission is to coordinate “wreath laying ceremonies on a specified Saturday in December at Arlington, as well as veterans cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond.”
Columnist Charles Krauthammer argued, “all the promises that oh yes, now we’re going to get serious, [against ISIS] I think are a joke as long as this president is commander-in-chief” on Tuesday’s “Special Report” on the Fox News Channel. Krauthammer said, “the people stuck in the quagmire today are Americans, under Obama. He’s been in office seven years, 76% of the combat deaths of Americans in Afghanistan has occurred under Obama, and there is little doubt that our position in Afghanistan today is weaker than it was seven years ago when he came into office. So, when he’s trying to instruct Putin on national interests and on quagmires, he’s on rather thin ground. And just one point about the testimony today, the chairman of the joint chiefs was asked whether he considered the drivers of the oil trucks, by ISIS, the ones who export it, as combatants, and he said, no, they’re civilians, trying to feed their families. And that’s why we actually dropped leaflets warning the drivers, three-quarters of an hour before any airstrike. This is a joke, and it comes, not from the pentagon, it comes from the white house. this has not been a serious air war,
Mike Huckabee argued that the federal government has no control over the weather, but can control “borders, military assets, critical airspace, and American intelligence.”
Tuesday on MSNBC’s “MTP Daily,” network regular Michael Eric Dyson discussed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s claims thousands of American Muslims in New Jersey celebrated the Twin Towers coming down on September 11, 2001 and took a shot at the GOP front-runner for refusing to admit he was wrong about it. Dyson said, “It’s good theater. Maybe Kabuki theater. The problem is Donald Trump is not having values, not having beliefs, not having tenacious hold of his convictions. It’s as Kathleen said, but when you’re proven empirically to be wrong, when the evidence is overwhelming, you’re not weak. You’re strong when you go, ‘you know what, I was wrong.’ But there were so many people that day who were invested in, blah blah blah, you go on. But to conjure out of your hat some kind of evidence that doesn’t exist, makes you look not only like a buffoon, but it really raised questions again about the xenophobic character of so much of what he does.” The Washington Post’s Kathleen Parker added, “Donald Trump is, you know, he is a classic narcissistic. The narcissistic is never wrong and everything that happens around him happens through the prism of his own experience,
‘Clock Boy’ Ahmed Mohamed claims anti-Islam protests held in Irving, Texas, keep him from returning to the United States. In October, the teen and his family relocated to Qatar after the controversial Texas student accepted a fully-funded education scholarship from the Muslim Brotherhood associated Qatar Foundation. Ahmed insists that, although homesick in Qatar, even peaceful anti-Islam rallies held in Irving are stopping him from traveling back to the place he calls home, Texas.
There is no greater priority a president has than keeping the American people safe. In the 21st century, when America still stands as the number one destination for tourists and travelers on international business, that responsibility requires that we can preserve the international connections that are critical to the strength of our economy while protecting our national security.
That’s why the President is focused on strengthening the U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP), a program that permits visa-free travel for 20 million visitors per year to the United States for citizens of 38 partner countries around the world. These countries are home to citizens who regularly travel to do business or vacation in the U.S.
To ensure that terrorists, serious criminals, and other potentially dangerous individuals cannot reach the U.S. through this program, the VWP utilizes a layered system of security, including comprehensive screening of travelers prior to departure, at various points throughout their journey, and upon arrival at U.S. entry points.
But the President isn’t taking chances. That’s why, over the past year, the Administration has taken a series of steps to enhance the significant security measures in the VWP. And in the wake of the attacks in Paris, we announced additional actions this week to further improve and accelerate those changes.
So here’s everything you need to know about the Visa Waiver Program and what we’re doing to enhance its security.
Here’s how the Visa Waiver Program works:
If a traveler from a VWP partner country wants to come to the U.S., they must first undergo a counterterrorism screening through the Department of Homeland Security’s Electronic System of Travel Authorization (ESTA), a program that draws on information from U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies by which DHS officials decide if the traveler poses any law enforcement or security risks. These individual checks are on top of the rigorous requirements countries must meet to participate in the program. If the traveler fails to earn DHS approval, he or she cannot travel to the U.S. and must appear in person for a visa interview before they can be considered for travel authorization.
Any traveler that is not a citizen of one of the 38 partner countries cannot use the VWP program. Even if someone resides in the country or is in possession of refugee travel documents issued by one of those countries, they cannot use the VWP program to travel to the U.S.
Here’s what the Administration has done over the past year to strengthen the Visa Waiver Program:
Working with the State Department and other security partners, DHS continuously works to adapt the VWP program to current and emerging threats. This work has resulted in significant enhancements, including new data fields in the ESTA application and new traveler screening and information-sharing requirements that specifically address the threat posed by foreign terrorists.
These security enhancements are part of our continuing assessments of U.S. security in the face of changing threats and challenges, and our determination to stay one step ahead. You can read more about our recently enhanced security measures here.
Here are the new improvements the President announced today:
In light of the terrorist attacks in Paris and the ongoing threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters, the Administration has taken new steps to strengthen the VWP even further and bolster our relationships with the 38 countries by immediately taking the following steps:
These steps include modifying ESTA to capture information from VWP travelers regarding any past travel to countries constituting a terrorist safe haven, identifying possible pilot programs to assess the collection and use of biometric data (like fingerprints or photographs), improving terrorism information-sharing between countries, working with Congress to increase the penalty for airlines that fail to verify a traveler’s passport data from $5,000 to $50,000, and much more. You can read a full run-down of the new steps we’re taking here.
Here is what Congress can do to help:
The Administration has been talking to Senators from both parties for weeks about technical improvements to our visa waiver program that would enhance our national security without undermining key relationships that help our economy:
For more details on what legislation to improve the WVP should include, click here.
The United States has always been and will continue to be a place where the people of the world come together. The Administration will continue to make it possible for people to visit our country in a safe and responsible way. The Visa Waiver Program does just that, and we will continue make it the most comprehensive program for our security.
Amy Pope is Deputy Assistant to the President for Homeland Security