Newsletter supplement: Poland and the Visa Waver Program

The Polish Embassy in Washington, D.C. published a special newsletter supplement: Poland & the Visa Waver Program. We included an introduction from it below.

We would like to remind Polish American voters that President Obama broke his promises given by him directly to Polish President in 2010 and again in 2011. Recently his Secretary of State Hilary Clinton stated that this will not be resolved even this year.

Therefore, we request that Polish American voters do not vote for the reelection of President Obama this November.


Newsletter introduction

After President Obama visited Poland in May 2011, he released a letter declaring his support for Poland’s inclusion in the Visa Waiver Program – the same support the President declared during his meeting with Poland’s President Bronisław Komorowski in the White House Oval Office in December 2010. Poland is not a member of the Visa Waiver Program, despite a century of strong U.S.-Polish diplomatic ties, and despite the fact that Poland has been one of the U.S.’ staunchest allies in its missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

U.S. Senators Barbara Mikulski and Mark Kirk and U.S. Representative Mike Quigley introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation on January 31, 2012. Senate bill S. 2046 and House bill H.R. 3855 offer updated requirements to bills introduced on the Visa Waiver Program in 2011 –and updated eligibility criteria to include countries like Poland. On March 26, 2012, Senator Chuck Schumer introduced Senate bill S.2333 that includes the text of Senator Mikulski’s S. 2046 bill.

Why should Poland be included in the Visa Waiver Program? In this supplemental edition to our newsletter, we’ve gathered content that answers this question, and goes a step further to show how Poland’s inclusion in the Visa Waiver Program will be beneficial for the U.S. –for its economy, its national security, and its public diplomacy.

We encourage you to voice your support for S.2046 and H.R. 3855. One way to do that is to contact your Congressional representatives. We’ve included a list of the legislation sponsors and co-sponsors. If your Congressional representatives aren’t on the list, then let them know that they should be – and why. And if they are,we encourage you to contact them and thank them.

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