• Jihadists in Europe stir visa debate in US


    WASHINGTON D.C.: United States lawmakers on edge after the Paris attacks launched by French and Belgian jihadists are calling into question a program that allows Europeans to travel to America without a visa. Members of Congress including some in President Barack Obama’s Democratic Party have vowed to close loopholes, introducing legislation on Thursday (Friday in Manila) aimed at preventing Islamic State extremists from slipping into the United States. Following deadly attacks against satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo last January in Paris, US lawmakers grew concerned about the travel freedoms afforded to nationals of 38 countries, including 23 in the European Union, plus Australia, Chile, Japan, Norway, Singapore and others. The agreements, which date back to the late 1980s and early 1990s, allow them to travel visa-free to the United States for up to 90 days.



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