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Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on the Obama Administration’s announcement that it would subvert Congressional intent of the Visa Waiver Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act:

“When negotiating improvements to the visa-waiver program with the White House, Congress explicitly rejected the Administration’s proposition to grant waivers to entire classes of people who have travelled to Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Sudan. The risk of terrorism emanating from these countries means that any such people who want to come to the United States must face strict scrutiny when applying for a visa. President Obama’s decision to grant blanket waivers to these people flies in the face of Congress’s intent, and the Administration knows that. The Administration must follow the law as written and as it agreed to, not as it wants it to be. That is the best way to keep America safe.”