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house Bill H.R. 158

Considering "Terrorism Risk" When Screening People Entering the U.S. Without a Visa

Argument in favor

The Dept. of Homeland Security needs to reform the Visa Waiver Program screening process to ensure it is not exploited by those who want to commit acts of terrorism. DHS needs to be able to suspend countries that don't cooperate in security measures.

DonaldTrump's Opinion
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12/09/2015
"Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life." [cnn.com]
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AndrewGVN's Opinion
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12/08/2015
Terrorism risk should always come into mind when screening people to enter the U.S. We need to be more careful of who we let enter this country. I'm not supporting this bill because I don't want Muslims entering our country, I'm very open minded about letting them enter the United States, however, the United States needs to have a more careful approach to this situation. This is one of the very few areas where I disagree with the democratic mindset, we need to be more careful with screening people entering the United States. I don't support an all out ban on Muslims like Trump does (I find that incredibly dumb) but I believe that we should have a more careful approach.
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Eric's Opinion
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12/08/2015
Why in the world is this not already happening?
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Argument opposed

The Visa Waiver Program helps the economy by allowing travelers from select countries to come to the U.S. for business and tourism. DHS shouldn’t be able to unilaterally suspend a given country from the program without Congress’ approval.

BernieSanders's Opinion
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12/09/2015
"Now, Trump and others want us to hate all Muslims." [twitter.com]
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MikeCalGov2018's Opinion
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12/08/2015
I do not condone mass hysteria being turned into law. I believe in John Adams, he was a man who regarded people are stupid and democracy without law is just all riot.
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Steven's Opinion
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12/08/2015
Foolish of you to even consider the notion! Do we want to repeat the Japanese internment camps of the 40's? Do we want another "cleansing" as Hitler did? have to think HIGH ROAD here. The number of people killed by radicalized Muslims in this country is still less than 1 % of the total number of people killed by non Muslim people. We Kill thousands of ourselves in drunk driving crashes, but have we banned alcohol? that's right prohibition didn't work either! We MUST learn from our past and do something different, instead of giving them another excuse to despise us.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed December 8th, 2015
    Roll Call Vote 407 Yea / 19 Nay
      house Committees
      Border Security, Facilitation, and Operations
      Committee on Homeland Security
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Immigration and Citizenship
    IntroducedJanuary 6th, 2015

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    Please read the text of the actual bill. One part even states that it accepts only applicants "NOT PRESENT IN IRAQ, SYRIA, OR ANY OTHER COUNTRY OR AREA OF CONCERN...AFTER MARCH 1, 2011." This is outrageous. We cannot simply tack on more steps for people who have set foot in these countries. I won't even mention the gaping window of opportunity that is "ANY OTHER COUNTRY OR AREA OF CONCERN."
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    I need a visa to go, they should need the same to get in
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    Sorry that you were unable to have empathy for those who need America's help.
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    Yes and if we can not vet them, keep them out
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    Let's do the math, We currently are threatened by Nearly every terrorist organization in the world. The Islamic state (ISIS) is desperate and is recruiting individuals of all nations incorporating Syria,a majority of Europe, Australia, and EVEN IUR NATION AS WELL. It would not hurt as a major precaution to consider the background and legal status of all Individuals that enter our country TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF WE AMERICANS. Our allies are our fiends however our enemies will be remaining our enemies unless the situation is alleviated. It would be a truly wise decision for the executive branch of the federal government to strictly enforce immigration laws and screenings to ensure all human beings that are foreign are properly documented and will not flourish harm as well. It's a disgrace how our nation is cheated everyday. Our immigration polices that have not been implemented that are laws that are never enforced result in an increase of crime,harm, and possibly attacks as well. For instance, take a glance of what occurred in San Bernardino, California. Our federal government should of matured more after the conclusion of the September 11th attacks. Although, our federal government especially our executive branch is not properly implementing and enforcing procedures necessary to keep us secured and safe= Simply they are not properly doing their job. For this election we are going to need to elect a commander in chief that will promote legislation in the federal government to greatly influence our nations security and safety. [(ITS A MATTER OF NATIONAL SECURITY)], = Federal governments priority
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    Of COURSE they should be doing this! If not, what good a
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    @ Bernie sanders Mr. Trump is by no means saying we should hate all Muslims. he is simply stating that we need to do more background checks on people who are entering the country. Where are they coming from? what were their prior affiliations? What is their reason for leaving their country? What are their intentions in our country? All questions that should be asked of all immigrants.
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    Don't we have enough bigotry in this country ? Enough already.
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    Immigration is good for our country and all people have the right to enter our country.
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    Hey Rhoda, aren't you a special kind of pathetic hater? That said, though I do agree the screening process needs to be tweaked, I don't feel it should be because of the the knee jerk reactions and our politicians trying to keep us in fear. Remember, our very own White, Christian homegrown terrorists have killed more on this soil, 9/11, than Muslim jihadists. I fear for our country. Not because of Muslims but because of the politicians who go out of their way to keep the pot stirred and the willfully ignorant and intellectually lazy who support them.
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    ladies and gentlemen, I did not turn down this vote because I doubt that our enemies plot to attack. In fact I know they do. I turned down this bill because it it's purposed solution to said issue will not work. it's a waste of a surprising amount of money. We should invest in programs that work, that are founded on solid logical ideas. You can't let a computer algorithm decide who to suspect of terrorism.. This bill shows how out of touch the DHLS is. They depend way to much on technology to do their dirty work. It's not that simple. How much information did they collect in order to decide who's "at risk of being a terrorist". If an ISIS solider who currently resides in the Middle East is about to go on a terrorist attack mission to the U.S, is he really gonna just legally apply for a VISA? All the people who have pulled off their suicide missions where already residing in the country, and they where of mixed race/ country of origin. These militant groups are a rouge threat. They are a political faction with no real boarders to protect, only a culture and an ideology to defend. I think that the most efficient way to stop a faction from growing and at the same time prevent them from attack, is a program of intense espionage. These people apparently use Twitter to recruit for god sake. Shouldn't it be a relatively easy to infiltrate? Get inside, and destroy this thing from the core. Many who where held hostage by The Islamic state say that the group is unorganized and held together by a fragile system and the attention they get from western media. If we continue to rely on passive solutions like computer profiling , we're gonna let this thing grow too big, as we did before. BOTTOM LINE INVEST IN REAL SOLUTIONS, MONEY CAN'T BE WASTED. THIS WONT SAVE LIVES
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    We owe NO ONE access to our country. If our government is unable to adequately screen visitors, as it has proven repeatedly, then the least it should do is close our borders to non-citizens until it gets its act together.
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    They should certainly look into it.
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    This is a desperate attempt to soothe terrified people that will only create more terrified people as well as suspicion and prejudice. There's not currently a problem that's been seen with our system as it is and this has the potential to severely harm tourism and good people, possibly even American citizens! Why don't we find real solutions to the problem of terrorism and not just superficial band aids that really only satisfy the frantic fears of people who have no idea of what's really going on with terrorism. (It's not all ISIS and coming in from abroad!)
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    I would like to have this bill amended and to remove Iranian Dual Citizens from visa restrictions. It's quite interesting that Iran has remained in this list, especially in light of the recently signed Nuclear deal. As an Iranian-American entrepreneur, I am alarmed that EU countries would reciprocate which would make me subject to Visa requirements which are cumbersome at best. This would also create obstacles for US companies to succeed in EU countries. This could have a sever impact on our growth plans and would be counter productive. Iran is the only country in the region where majority of the young population are pro-US and do not embrace the radical ideology of hate that is sweeping the Arab nations. Inclusion of Iran in HR 158 will only bolster the hardliners in Iran and the region who do not want normalized relationship between Iran and the West. If US is interested in sending a strong message to those who support ISIL, then the Saudi's should be subjected to the Visa Waiver as well.
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    until the bleeding hearts can find a way to keep the terrorism out the this country, then protect the USA citizens first
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    Say yes with caution
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    Easy! Just send them back from where they came from. And instruct them to reapply with proper documentation.
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    Though background checks need to be done before any vetting. There is no excuse for not being able to identify oneself and present a valid passport from their country of origin. Refugees need to be carefully monitored to prove they are who they say they are.
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    Gather lessons learned and apply. It would not be vigilant to leave the current system without review.
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