WASHINGTON, D.C. – Forty one members of Congress sent a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urging the Obama Administration to support Greece’s application to participate in the Visa Waiver Program. As stated in the lette, Greece, a longstanding North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) ally of the United States, has met the formal criteria for participation in the Visa Waiver Program.
U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler (D-FL), chairman, House Subcommittee on Europe led the initiative which had the support of U.S. Rep. Elton Gallegly, ranking member, House Subcommittee on Europe; longtime champions Hellenic Caucus Co-Chairs U.S. Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Gus M. Bilirakis (R-FL); and U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, ranking member, House Committee on Foreign Affairs.
The text of the letter and list of cosigners is available here.
AHEPA Applauds the Action
The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), a leading association for the nation’s three million American citizens of Greek heritage, and countless Philhellenes, applauds Congress for sending a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton that strongly supports Greece’s inclusion into the United States’ Visa Waiver Program and stresses the importance of facilitating an efficient and satisfactory conclusion to the process, announced Supreme President Ike Gulas.
“We are grateful for the support of 41 bipartisan members of the House of Representatives who signed this letter to Secretaries Napolitano and Clinton endorsing Greece’s position,” said Gulas, who has met with the Departments of State and Homeland Security on the issue. “With a new administration, it is important to keep Greece’s candidacy and path toward becoming a visa waiver nation high on the agenda in Washington. It is an issue that has been extremely important to the AHEPA family and the community because it affects each and every one of us.”