The Visa Waiver Program: Time for Nations to Bear the Consequences of Non-Compliance

Member expansion is not the only thing that is on hold when it comes to the Visa Waiver Program. Since 2007, partner nations have been required to enter into three information-sharing agreements with the United States as a stipulation of membership. Through these agreements, member nations share data with the United States on known or suspected terrorists and other criminals, as well as information on lost or stolen passports. Yet as of March 2012, the Department of Homeland Security reported that only approximately half of the 36 member countries had fully complied. The period for timely compliance has clearly come and gone. It is time for the Department of Homeland Security to make partner nations understand that these information-sharing agreements are a central tenet of the program and mandatory for continued membership.

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