Feinstein proposes ‘Sanctuary’ for Foreign Nationals on Watch Lists | June 2016

Feinstein: ‘Big hassle’ to deport foreign nationals on terror watch lists

– Washington Examiner


“Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., says it would be impractical to attempt to deport individuals on the terror watch lists whom she thinks should be barred from purchasing weapons.

“I think you’d have a big hassle, particularly if they come under [the] visa waiver [program], how do you just pick them up and deport them?” Feinstein told the Washington Examiner. “There’s no law that says you can.”

Foreign nationals are part of the discussion about how to respond to the Orlando terrorist attack, which was carried about by a U.S. citizen born to Afghan parents. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, has proposed a ban on weapons sales to individuals on the no-fly list and the selectee list, which provides extra scrutiny for certain air travelers, but Senate Democrats worry that it doesn’t include a ban on weapon sales for foreign nationals.

Collins’ ban would represent a compromise relative to the ban that Feinstein proposed last week, which would cover about 900,000 people. “Our list is 99.9 percent foreign nationals, and these are foreign nationals submitted by law enforcement and intelligence entities,” Feinstein told reporters. “It is a classified list, but it is people from abroad who could come into this country and because of our lax gun laws be able to buy a gun.”


U.S. Visa Waiver Program


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The Visa Waiver Program (VWP), administered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in consultation with the State Department, permits citizens of 38 countries[1] to travel to the United States for business or tourism for stays of up to 90 days without a visa.  In return, those 38 countries must permit U.S. citizens and nationals to travel to their countries for a similar length of time without a visa for business or tourism purposes.  Since its inception in 1986, the VWP has evolved into a comprehensive security partnership with many of America’s closest allies.

The VWP utilizes a risk-based, multi-layered approach to detect and prevent terrorists, serious criminals, and othermala fide actors from traveling to the United States. This approach incorporates regular, national-level risk assessments concerning the impact of each program country’s participation in the VWP on U.S. national security and law enforcement interests.  It also includes comprehensive vetting of individual VWP travelers prior to their departure for the United States, upon arrival at U.S. ports of entry, and during any subsequent air travel within the United States.”

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