Clumsy Visa-Waiver Changes Part of U.S. Overreaction to ISIS

A biometric kiosk at the Otay Mesa port of entry from Mexico into the United States, San Diego, Calif., Dec. 10, 2015 (AP photo by Denis Poroy).
A biometric kiosk at the Otay Mesa port of entry from Mexico into the United States, San Diego, Calif., Dec. 10, 2015 (AP photo by Denis Poroy).

Since November, the U.S. government, with a big assist from Congress, has been narrowing the eligibility for citizens of 38 countries to enter the U.S. without visas. The constant adjustments to the rules say a lot about the U.S. government’s preoccupation with terrorism over other policy interests, its inability to anticipate secondary effects of new policies, and America’s deep ambivalence about dual citizenship. In a rare instance of executive and congressional cooperation, both branches of the U.S. government have been working to prevent any misuse of the established visa-waiver program by terrorists. Congress created the program nearly 30 years ago, […]

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