Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kristjen Nielson announced Friday new security enhancements for the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). The enhancements include requiring participating countries to fully enact information sharing agreements, determine effectiveness against insider threats to aviation, and to implement a public information program in to reduce visa overstays in the United States.
“As part of its regular cooperation with VWP countries, DHS will develop targeted engagement plans to support implementation of these measures,” the DHS announcement said. “These measures will benefit all U.S.-bound visitors by promoting a safe and secure travel system.”
Nielsen noted that terrorists continue to adapt and explore ways to enter the country. “These enhancements will strengthen the program, and they are part of our continued efforts to raise the baseline for homeland security across the board,” Nielsen said.