Reps. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardProgressives breathe sigh of relief after Afghan withdrawal Hillicon Valley: US has made progress on cyber but more needed, report says | Democrat urges changes for 'problematic' crypto language in infrastructure bill | Facebook may be forced to unwind Giphy acquisition YouTube rival Rumble strikes deals with Tulsi Gabbard, Glenn Greenwald MORE (D-Hawaii) and Scott PerryScott Gordon PerryWatchdog group seeks ethics probe over McCarthy's Jan. 6 comments Jan. 6 panel seeks records of those involved in 'Stop the Steal' rally Jan. 6 panel to ask for preservation of phone records of GOP lawmakers who participated in Trump rally: report MORE (R-Pa.) have introduced legislation that would suspend the visa waiver program for countries with citizens that have joined Islamic extremists.
The lawmakers said the legislation would prevent potential terrorists working with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) from entering the U.S. easily. Instead, people from countries with citizens known to be working with ISIS would undergo a visa application process.
"If we do nothing to close this loophole, and allow a terrorist to carry out an attack on our homeland, the impacts will be devastating. Action is needed now," Gabbard said.
Perry warned that even European countries with passport holders known to be involved with ISIS should be carefully vetted.
"We all learned on September 11, 2001 and in Benghazi two years ago that waiting to act until terrorists plan – or execute - an attack will cost American lives," Perry said. "Terrorists with Western passports pose a clear risk the United States."
Under the legislation, the Departments of State and Homeland Security could restore countries' visa waiver program if they have sufficiently tracked and apprehended terrorists trying to enter the U.S.