Senator Murphy calls for strengthened Visa Waiver Program

Today, just days after ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks in Paris that left 129 people dead and hundreds more wounded, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) announced a new effort to strengthen the Visa Waiver Program.

During a press conference with Senate Democrats, Murphy – who is co-author of the bipartisan Judicial Redress Act – emphasized the importance of EU-U.S. law enforcement cooperation in keeping Americans safe, and called for a bipartisan effort to close a loophole that currently allows individuals on the terror watch list to purchase firearms and explosives in the United States. He also emphasized that the refugee program serves to rescue mostly women, children, and the elderly who have been victims of terror abroad.