This bill would direct the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to re-evaluate:
Necessary border security improvements for responding to domestic threats from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Specifically how to tighten up entry procedures.
The growing participation of U.S. and European nationals in terrorist activity as foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq.
All of these assessments focus on the Visa Waiver Program, and its requirements for travelers and covered countries. The VWP allows the citizens of 38 countries to travel to the U.S. without a visa for up to 90 days for tourism or business. Since 2008, DHS has denied over 26,000 applications for visa waivers, some of which were due to terrorism concerns.
If passed, this bill would expand pre-travel clearance procedures and increase information-sharing requirements. Countries who don't cooperate with the new requirements would be suspended from participating in the VWP.
If the State Dept. suspects that a U.S. citizen has (or plans to) engage in terrorist acts, this bill would give them the authority to revoke and confiscate that citizen's passport.