HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES             H.C.R. NO.32          
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                     HOUSE  CONCURRENT
                        RESOLUTION

  URGING THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO EXPAND AND MAKE PERMANENT
    THE TEMPORARY VISA WAIVER PROGRAM ESTABLISHED UNDER THE
    IMMIGRATION CONTROL AND REFORM ACT OF 1986. 


 1        WHEREAS, the United States Congress passed the Immigration
 2   Control and Reform Act of 1986 that established a temporary
 3   visa waiver program to pave the way toward better international
 4   relations and increased visitor travel between the United
 5   States and certain participating foreign countries; and
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 7        WHEREAS, the temporary visa waiver program expired in
 8   September, 1996, and has since been extended on a year-to-year
 9   basis, with the current extension expiring in September, 1999;
10   and
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12        WHEREAS, the visa waiver program allows persons with
13   waivers to enter the United States for a period of up to ninety
14   days without a visa; and
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16        WHEREAS, twenty-one countries were participating in the
17   visa waiver program with the United States as of 1996, with
18   more being added since then; and
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20        WHEREAS, the visa waiver program is critical to boosting
21   the number of international arrivals in Hawaii, with an
22   estimated eighty per cent of all international visitors
23   arriving in Honolulu International Airport being under the visa
24   waiver program; and
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26        WHEREAS, the addition of Taiwan and South Korea to the
27   visa waiver program by the United States would further boost
28   Hawaii's economy because of the huge numbers of travelers to
29   Hawaii from these countries; and
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31        WHEREAS, despite the success of the visa waiver program,
32   Congress has not made the program permanent, instead preferring
33   to extend it on a year-to-year basis; now, therefore,
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35        BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the
36   Twentieth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session
37   of 1999, the Senate concurring, that the United States Congress
38   is urged to:
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 1        (1)  Make the visa waiver program permanent; and
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 3        (2)  Add Taiwan and South Korea to the visa waiver
 4             program;
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 6   and
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 8        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that members of Hawaii's
 9   Congressional Delegation are urged to exert efforts to make the
10   visa waiver program permanent and adding Taiwan and South Korea
11   to the program; and
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13        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this
14   Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Majority Leader of
15   the United States Senate, the Speaker of the United States
16   House of Representatives, and the members of Hawaii's
17   Congressional Delegation.
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