BFF’s: When it comes to the terrorist-enabling Iranian regime, Obama says “anything for you!”
From The Hill:
Furious Republicans assailed the Obama administration Thursday for making changes to a visa entry program for foreign tourists that they characterized as illegal.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Thursday announced changes to the easy-entry visa waiver program, which allows citizens from 38 countries — including Australia, France and Japan — to enter the United States without a visa.
The DHS said its new policy will not prohibit people from the 38 countries from entering the U.S. if they have recently traveled to or are dual citizens of Iran, Iraq, Sudan and Syria, which are considered hotbeds of terrorism.
Instead, those people — who otherwise would have been eligible to participate in the visa waiver program — will have to obtain a visa through the State Department.
However, the administration is also creating a carve-out solely for Iran, with visa waivers handed out on “a case-by-case basis” to people who have traveled there for “legitimate business-related purposes” following adoption of the nuclear deal last year.
Some journalists, diplomats and aid workers traveling to and from the four countries would also receive waivers, the DHS said.
Republicans blasted the announcement, saying President Obama is abusing a minor provision in the law to create a series of loopholes aimed at placating Iran.
“The Obama administration is blatantly breaking the law, a law the president himself signed,” House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) and Rep. Candice Miller (R-Mich.) — the author of the underlying bill — said in a joint statement on Thursday.
“President Obama is again putting his relationship with Iran’s supreme leader over the security of Americans,” they added. “He cannot rewrite the law to appease foreign governments — he should instead pay attention to his own.”
The visa waiver law passed last year was intended to close what both parties have described as a dangerous loophole that could allow European nationals involved with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) to come to the United States.
The legislation passed by Congress retained the option for the Obama administration to waive the visa requirement if someone’s travel was “in the law enforcement or national security interests of the United States.”
Secretary of State John Kerry caused a stir last month when he suggested the visa waivers would be used to help encourage businesses to enter Iran, following implementation of the landmark international nuclear accord this month.…
McCaul and Miller on Thursday said extra measures for Iran were discussed and “explicitly rejected” during negotiations over the visa waiver bill with the administration.
Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), the head of the House Judiciary Committee, on Thursday said the administration has decided to “abuse” the waivers “in the face of reason and congressional intent.”
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To which the Regime says “So?” What else is new Rep. Goodlatte? Remember, the fierce urgency of now? The pen and the phone?
Speaker Ryan and Leader McConnell, with all due respect, what exactly do you guys expect? The Founders gave you the ultimate power over a rogue, drunk with power Chief Executive, the power of the purse. When you pass a budget that funds every damn wrong-headed policy that this Marxist jackass wants, including sanctuary cities, amnesty, “seeding” the country with unvetted “refugees” from jihadist hotbeds, and his wrecking ball for the suburbs, what did you think he would do? These changes to the visa waiver program were actually in that budget bill. Can you say irony? How about stupidity? How about fecklessness? Somebody stop me because I’ve got a lot of other nouns that would apply.
And what are you going to do about this latest FU move from the Obama Regime?