By Susan Crabtree, Washington Examiner
The Obama administration may be falling behind in efforts to stop foreign fighters getting into the United States to commit terrorist acts, say Republicans leaders probing visa laws and the tracking of potential attackers.
Concern is growing on Capitol Hill that the Obama administration has not laid out a concrete plan or kept Congress informed about whether loopholes are being closed in a visa waiver program and whether it is still too easy for jihadis to enter and leave the United States.
“What are they doing? I don’t think they’re doing enough,” said Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., the chairman of the Intelligence Committee, in an interview with the Washington Examiner.
The sweeping and alarming successes of last summer's territorial gains by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and news that U.S. and European citizens had joined the fight in Syria triggered an investigation by House Homeland Security Chairman Mike McCaul, R-Texas, into President Obama's policies and his administration's ability to track terrorists. The risk of coordinated attacks in the West was graphically demonstrated by the recent slaughter of cartoonists and journalists in Paris by homegrown French jihadis believed to be working for an al Qaeda affiliate in Yemen.