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US special visa travel programme under scrutiny after terror attack

Congress and the administration are scrambling for ways to plug any perceived security vulnerabilities and reassure nervous Americans

Even before the attacks in Paris and California, the US Travel Association, a potent force that has already spent nearly US$2 million lobbying this year, was working with lawmakers to make adjustments in the Visa Waiver Program to address security fears and minimise substantial changes.


WHEN President Barack Obama on Sunday blamed a special visa travel programme for allowing one of the San Bernardino terrorists into the country, a chill swept through the American travel industry.

The Visa Waiver Program the president referred to eases entry into the US