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US House votes to tighten controls on visa-free travellers
[WASHINGTON] American lawmakers voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to impose restrictions making it more difficult for visitors to Iraq, Syria and countries listed as supporting terrorism to travel visa-free to the United States.
The House of Representatives voted 407 to 19 in support of the Visa Waiver Programme Improvement Act of 2015, a bill backed by the White House in the aftermath of the deadly attacks in Paris that were conducted by extremists who could have travelled to America without a visa.
It would bar people who travelled after March 1, 2011 to Iraq and Syria, as well as Iran and Sudan, from participating in the visa-free programme, require the use of electronic passports for all participating countries, and call for participating countries to share more intelligence data on suspected terrorists and criminals.