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Bush Seeks to Ease Visa Requirement(I guess W forgot about 9/11!)
The Washington Times ^ | November 29, 2006 | Stephen Dinan

Posted on 11/29/2006 5:46:43 AM PST by kellynla

TALLINN, Estonia -- President Bush said yesterday he will push Congress for a "loosening" of requirements for foreigners to visit the United States without a visa, pitting him against those who have called for the program instead to be tightened or even scrapped altogether after September 11.

The Visa Waiver Program allows visitors with valid passports from 27 approved countries to enter the United States for up to 90 days without a visa. That makes tourism and business travel easier by eliminating the need for a visa, though such travelers can avoid a security screening.

After meeting with Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves in Tallinn, Mr. Bush said he will press Congress to revamp the program to allow more countries to join. "I'm going to work with our Congress and our international partners to modify our Visa Waiver Program," Mr. Bush said. "It's a way to make sure that nations like Estonia qualify more quickly for the program and, at the same time, strengthen the program's security components."

But the proposed expansion would run athwart concerns that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) cannot keep up with the 27 countries already approved, as the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Congress' investigative branch, found in a July report.

"DHS cannot effectively monitor the law enforcement and security risks posed by visa waiver countries on a consistent, ongoing basis because it has not provided [the Office of International Enforcement] with adequate staffing and resources," GAO investigators concluded, adding they also found "weaknesses" in how DHS talks with overseas posts working on visa issues.

European Union officials have complained that while U.S. nationals can visit any of the 25 EU member states without a visa, only 15 of these countries receive reciprocal privileges from the United States.

(Excerpt) Read more at washtimes.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: terrorism; visa

1 posted on 11/29/2006 5:46:45 AM PST by kellynla
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To: kellynla

Ugh. :-(


2 posted on 11/29/2006 5:48:20 AM PST by The Old Hoosier (Right makes might)
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To: kellynla

Why?

Who is he being loyal to?

This is very disturbing. Unless I'm missing something??


3 posted on 11/29/2006 5:50:30 AM PST by From many - one.
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To: AGP; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; Angelwood; Apple Blossom; beandog; BillF; bmwcyle; ...

New Tone Redux.

DC Chapter short list ping


4 posted on 11/29/2006 5:56:35 AM PST by BufordP ("Every morning I start my day with juice, toast, and a big bowl of Baby Crunch!" -- Michael J. Fox)
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To: ilovew

Oops, missed adding you to the short chapter ping list


5 posted on 11/29/2006 5:57:51 AM PST by BufordP ("Every morning I start my day with juice, toast, and a big bowl of Baby Crunch!" -- Michael J. Fox)
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To: kellynla

How sickening is it that this isn't even a surprise?


6 posted on 11/29/2006 5:57:53 AM PST by Dead Corpse (Anyone who needs to be persuaded to be free, doesn't deserve to be.)
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To: kellynla

Sticking the knife in a little deeper and slowly turning for maximum pain. WTF!


7 posted on 11/29/2006 5:58:29 AM PST by wolfcreek (Suegna como si vivieras para siempre; vive como si fueses a morir hoy.)
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To: kellynla

I didn't get a visa to go to Canada.


8 posted on 11/29/2006 6:00:44 AM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: CharlesWayneCT

In fact, I didn't have to get a visa to vacation in England either.


9 posted on 11/29/2006 6:01:22 AM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: kellynla

Almost makes me wish that the RATS would impeach him.


10 posted on 11/29/2006 6:06:43 AM PST by nonliberal (Graduate: Curtis E. LeMay School of International Relations)
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To: kellynla
(I guess W forgot about 9/11!)

I think that was uncalled for. Do you really think that W of all people is likely to forget 9/11? I can't believe how fast some here on FR turn on and savage their own.

11 posted on 11/29/2006 6:07:59 AM PST by SunTzuWu
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To: CharlesWayneCT

SHHHHH! There are people trying to be outraged here, and you're interrupting them. ;)


12 posted on 11/29/2006 6:10:48 AM PST by Constantine XIII
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To: kellynla
The visa waiver program is reciprical program. Americans won't need to go to a foreign embassy to get permission to travel to another country if people from that country don't ahve to go to a U.S. embassy abroad first. It is a fair program and enables international trade and tourism. To eliminate this program would be a major blow to international cooperation and trade. Plus, there would be no practical way for emabssies to process the huge number of visa requests.

The problem is that the E.U. wants all member states to be treated the same. Only 15 of 25 are on the visa waiver program, but Americans can travel to all 25 without a visa. POland is one example. THey have been a strong ally in the WOT and have been very receptive to U.S. interests. It's only fair to treat them the way they treat us.

13 posted on 11/29/2006 6:14:13 AM PST by doc30 (Democrats are to morals what an Etch-A-Sketch is to Art.)
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To: BufordP

It looks like it is DC Chapter back to the White House on Saturday morning. Oh well lunch was always good.


14 posted on 11/29/2006 6:17:00 AM PST by bmwcyle (The snake is loose in the garden and Eve just bit the apple.)
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To: bmwcyle

How do you think the WH AAR's would go over?

hehehe


15 posted on 11/29/2006 6:20:41 AM PST by BufordP ("Every morning I start my day with juice, toast, and a big bowl of Baby Crunch!" -- Michael J. Fox)
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To: BufordP

The Bushbots would give birth to a cow.


16 posted on 11/29/2006 6:24:48 AM PST by bmwcyle (The snake is loose in the garden and Eve just bit the apple.)
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To: kellynla

Result of Dick Cheney's visit to Saudi Arabia??


17 posted on 11/29/2006 6:26:25 AM PST by veronica (http://www.freerepublic.com/~starcmc/)
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To: doc30

I have been to every former east bloc country save Slovenia...and except for Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine, I did not need a visa to enter these countries. Ukraine lifted its visa requirements recently, but why should these people need visas to come to the US on vacation if they do not require us to have them to enter their countries?


18 posted on 11/29/2006 6:32:20 AM PST by gr8eman (Everybody is a rocket scientist...until launch day!)
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To: kellynla
"European Union officials have complained that while U.S. nationals can visit any of the 25 EU member states without a visa, only 15 of these countries receive reciprocal privileges from the United States."

Good. The Christian Europeans will need to get here very soon to check out the living conditions if they want to beat the rush to the USA, before the European Islamic state takes over.

It's Brain drain and White Christian European flight time again....oh MY!!

Does history repeat itself or what?

19 posted on 11/29/2006 6:32:57 AM PST by Earthdweller (All reality is based on faith in something.)
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To: gr8eman
have been to every former east bloc country save Slovenia...and except for Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine, I did not need a visa to enter these countries. Ukraine lifted its visa requirements recently, but why should these people need visas to come to the US on vacation if they do not require us to have them to enter their countries?

Exactly my point. But there are some people here who would rather cut the U.S. off from the rest of the world than have reciprical travel arrangements. The point you make is one reason why people in other countries don't like U.S. policies. They treat the U.S. with more respect than the U.S. treats them.

20 posted on 11/29/2006 6:35:17 AM PST by doc30 (Democrats are to morals what an Etch-A-Sketch is to Art.)
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To: kellynla

In keeping with his open borders policy.


21 posted on 11/29/2006 6:35:20 AM PST by airborne (MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! Jesus is the reason for the season!!)
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To: kellynla

So remind me again why we elected him! I can't see any advantage in having him as president over having a liberal who admits it.


22 posted on 11/29/2006 6:39:59 AM PST by Leftism is Mentally Deranged
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To: nonliberal

You say crap like that based on a "story" in the dbm??????

LLS


23 posted on 11/29/2006 6:40:00 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (Preserve America... kill terrorists... destroy dims!)
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To: Leftism is Mentally Deranged

"So remind me again why we elected him!"

Well he is better than "Dumb & Dumber", Gore & Kerry. LOL

And the sad part about it all, I don't see anyone better on the horizon for '08 aside from Dick Cheney.

Where are all the "Ike-like" military candidates out there?
We need a wartime POTUS with some combat experience!


24 posted on 11/29/2006 7:01:20 AM PST by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots. Semper Fi)
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To: From many - one.
We give visa waivers to French, German and British nationals (many of whom are Muslims) but we don't to Poles, Hungarians, Czechs, Latvians and Lithuanians, all of whom have helped us and are pulling more than their weight (especially the Poles) in NATO's efforts in Afghanistan.

In a word, we reward our enemies (except for the Brits) and punish our real European allies.

It's a stupid policy and I'm glad Bush seems to be finally changing it.

25 posted on 11/29/2006 7:01:53 AM PST by pierrem15 (Charles Martel: past and future of France)
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To: SunTzuWu

"I think that was uncalled for."

what was "uncalled for" was W's moronic idea of allowing more foreigners including Muzzies into this country during a time of war!
duhhhhhh...

The borders & ports should have been sealed on 9/12/2001 and every Muzzie swingin' dick in America DEPORTED!
And yes that includes Muzzie American citizens, citizenry is a privilege not a right. Either we are at war or we are not!


26 posted on 11/29/2006 7:02:17 AM PST by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots. Semper Fi)
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To: pierrem15

"I'm glad Bush seems to be finally changing it."

you be sure to hang around when we're carting off the dead bodies after the next terrorist attack in America!
gezzzzzzzzzzzzzz


27 posted on 11/29/2006 7:05:15 AM PST by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots. Semper Fi)
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To: LibLieSlayer

If Bush is unwilling to fight the war, toss him out and get Cheney in there.


28 posted on 11/29/2006 7:30:25 AM PST by nonliberal (Graduate: Curtis E. LeMay School of International Relations)
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To: kellynla
'W' is an idiot on this issue if it is true of what he said.

I guess Congress, the Judicial System and the Executive Branch simply will not secure the borders and / or admit it costs significant money to tighten security of who comes and goes in this country.

Well, if there were a majority of 'elected' officials in Congress with any amount of integrity, sense of duty, loyalty to their oaths of office, a sense of pride in America, etc., rather than constantly preoccupied with pubic image, reelection contributions, corruption (return of political favors), deception, etc., then, I reckon the Congress critters and the POTUS would clearly see that programs like "No Child Left Behind" and 15,000 other such BS federal programs could be done away with and the money would then be available for ICE, INS etc., to expand to some degree with increased security that could then be maintained along with an increase in background searches and eventually a shortened process.

I honestly believe there is a group within government that seriously wants a huge excuse (devastating nuclear / biological attack) to remove our liberty and freedoms under the pretense of for our own safety / 'security' so even more power and control is transferred to the publicly elected oligarchy.

29 posted on 11/29/2006 7:37:47 AM PST by RSmithOpt (Liberalism: Highway to Hell)
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To: pierrem15

Then tighten up for everyone.

Has anyone noticed we're in a war?


30 posted on 11/29/2006 7:39:32 AM PST by From many - one.
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The idea of national identity went the way of the Dodo.

What's everyone so uptight about?

There are very few passports which tell the truth nowadays.

Oh, Except for Asia.

31 posted on 11/29/2006 7:43:49 AM PST by Jakarta ex-pat
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To: kellynla

Final proof that Bush has completely lost his mind. There should be no visa waivers for anyone from anywhere. Something like half of the illegals here are visa overstayers. It doesn't kill me to have to get a visa to go where I want to go. We shouldn't be doing anything that makes it easier for people to slip into our country and stay. Muslims aside, none of whom should be admitted, I don't see where it serves our national interest to admit more Poles, Estonians and Hungarians (George Soros is Hungarian). Ireland has been overrun by Poles lately, let them go there. And let them jump throught the hoops and then track the ones who are here.


32 posted on 11/29/2006 7:45:22 AM PST by 3AngelaD (ic.)
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To: From many - one.
Who is he being loyal to?

Saudi Arabia.

33 posted on 11/29/2006 7:47:51 AM PST by Sir Gawain
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To: 3AngelaD

Thank you!


34 posted on 11/29/2006 7:49:41 AM PST by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots. Semper Fi)
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To: doc30

Those countries haven't yet been attacked by Islamofacists.


35 posted on 11/29/2006 7:50:07 AM PST by RockinRight (There's nothing in the middle of the road but yellow stripes and dead armadillos.)
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To: kellynla

Read post #13.


36 posted on 11/29/2006 7:51:00 AM PST by SunTzuWu
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To: SunTzuWu

I don't need to read ANYTHING!

you just make yourself available to help carry the dead bodies after the next terrorist attack in America!!!


37 posted on 11/29/2006 7:55:27 AM PST by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots. Semper Fi)
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To: kellynla

Oh man.


38 posted on 11/29/2006 7:56:36 AM PST by mysterio
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To: kellynla
I don't need to read ANYTHING!

Amazing!

39 posted on 11/29/2006 8:05:49 AM PST by SunTzuWu
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To: doc30
It's only fair to treat them the way they treat us.

It's good to practice the Golden Rule.
40 posted on 11/29/2006 9:10:54 AM PST by rottndog (WOOF!!!)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

Never mind all that, Charles! We have an agenda to tend to here!


41 posted on 11/29/2006 9:12:18 AM PST by Howlin (Pres.Bush ought to be ashamed of himself for allowing foreign countries right on our borders!!~~Zook)
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To: nonliberal
Almost makes me wish that the RATS would impeach him.

Just a friendly reminder:

To: thoughtomator

If you want to impeach Bush, go join the trolls at DU. Keep it OFF FR.
Jim

58 posted on 03/31/2006 7:16:08 PM EST by Jim Robinson

42 posted on 11/29/2006 9:14:29 AM PST by Howlin (Pres.Bush ought to be ashamed of himself for allowing foreign countries right on our borders!!~~Zook)
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To: doc30

Bump.


43 posted on 11/29/2006 9:15:58 AM PST by Howlin (Pres.Bush ought to be ashamed of himself for allowing foreign countries right on our borders!!~~Zook)
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To: kellynla

Ow, that hurts.


44 posted on 11/29/2006 9:46:04 AM PST by Albion Wilde (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. -2 Cor 3:17)
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To: kellynla

Visa to Eastern European countries that have been our best allies in Iraq. Maybe the Always Screaming Bush Haters MIGHT try at least to get the facts right ONE time.


45 posted on 11/29/2006 9:59:24 AM PST by MNJohnnie (I do not forgive Senator John McCain for helping destroy everything we built since 1980.)
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To: From many - one.; BufordP

Visa to Eastern European countries that have been our best allies in Iraq. Maybe the Always Screaming Bush Haters MIGHT try at least to get the facts right ONE time.

Simply amazing how the Always Afraid crowd has utterly NO sense of loyalty on anything to anyone for any reason. One has to figure they have NO freinds at all in their personal life since it always what THEY feel that has to be implemented 100% the second they decide they want it.


46 posted on 11/29/2006 10:02:19 AM PST by MNJohnnie (I do not forgive Senator John McCain for helping destroy everything we built since 1980.)
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To: nonliberal

Bush unwilling to fight? Talking with you is a waste of time.

LLS


47 posted on 11/29/2006 10:48:45 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (Preserve America... kill terrorists... destroy dims!)
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To: MNJohnnie

Since caps indicate screaming, it seems to be you that is the screamer.

May I quote another president: "Trust, but verify."


48 posted on 11/29/2006 11:05:51 AM PST by From many - one.
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