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Strengthening the Visa Waiver Program: A Memo to President-elect Obama

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Publication Date: December 2008

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Jena Baker McNeill; James Jay Carafano; James Dean

Special Collection: Presidential Advisory

Topic: International relations (Diplomacy)

Keywords: Immigration loopholes; Presidential transition; Travel authorization

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


President-elect Obama, your comments on the Senate floor regarding the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) demonstrate that you recognize the program's substantial public diplomacy benefits. The VWP has undergone tremendous changes since its inception and remains a vital tool for improving America's image around the globe. Countries such as Bulgaria, for example, have commented that membership is considered a clear sign of America's trust...