Constituent Services
Congressman Brian Higgins Cosponsors Legislation to Include Poland in Visa Waiver Program
April 12, 2005
Washington, DC—Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) cosponsored the introduction of H. Res. 78, legislation acknowledging the importance of including the Republic of Poland in the Visa Waiver program under Section 217 of the Immigration and Nationality Act.  Citizens of the 27 countries under this program are not required to obtain a visa before entering the United States; H. Res. 78 would extend this privilege to citizens of Poland.
 
“Poland is one of America’s great European allies, sharing our ideals of freedom and democracy,” said Congressman Higgins.  “Poland has thrived in this post-Communist era and has been a great supporter of U.S. policies.  The country has been an ally in our international fight against terror and continues to stand strongly with the United States in our efforts in Iraq.  I am pleased that this resolution finally recognizes Poland as an independent and democratic nation deserving of the same rights afforded many other Western European countries.”
 
H. Res. 78 encourages the Secretary of Homeland Security and Secretary of State to support Poland’s inclusion in the Visa Waiver program. 
 
Poland has demonstrated its commitment to continued, sustainable, and democratic growth by joining the North American Treaty Organization (NATO) in 1999 and the European Union in 2004.  The moral actions of the Polish government have laid the groundwork for stronger ties with the United States, and H. Res. 78 encourages further building upon this foundation.
 
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