There is no doubt that the Visa Waiver Program merits a national discussion free from partisan politics. Terrorists have already used the VWP to gain access to soft targets. Whether additional security measures would have prevented their entry is the $64 million question.
Many countries have taken heed of the traveler's plight and simplified their visa processes. Here is a list of countries that have recently updated their visa requirements -- see how those updates affect you.
I urge Congress to support the Jobs Originated through Launching Travel (JOLT) Act, bipartisan legislation that will responsibly expand the Visa Waiver Program and will have a direct and uniformly positive effect on our national economy.
When listening to the fiery rhetoric and watching the enthusiasm at both AIPAC and CPAC, it becomes apparent that both groups retain the capacity to create problems for opponents. They may be down, but they are not out.
There are currently several pieces of legislation being considered in the U.S. Congress that would include Israel in the Visa Waiver Program -- thus allowing Israeli citizens to enter the U.S. without first obtaining a visa.
Many years ago, on my first backpack visit to the United States, a stewardess on the plane surprised me with a green form I needed to fill out. There were odd questions on that form. Someone in Washington needed to know if I had an STD.