Alert: Changes to the Visa Waiver Program

WASHINGTON — The United States will begin screening passengers entering the United States under a visa waiver based on any past travel to a country known as a terrorist safe haven, the Obama administration announced Monday.

The new policy was one of several changes announced to the visa waiver program in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris Nov. 13.  While President Obama has resisted efforts by Congress to impose new restrictions on refugees from Syria, he has indicated a willingness to work with Congress to reform the visa waiver program that allows 20 million visitors into the United States each year.

The visa waiver program allows