U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) continues to urge his colleagues to support a bill that would let Poland participate in the Polish visa waiver program. Poland is one of the few European countries that does not participate in the program. Durbin says with the strong Polish-American population and Poland as a strong ally to the United States, it’s time extend the waiver program to the people of Poland.
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“We’ve reached the point now [where] we have a trusting relationship and we want to build on that relationship in the future,” Durbin said. Durbin says the program, which would allow Poles to enter the U.S. without a visa is gaining bi-partisan support. Meanwhile Durbin says there will likely be a push for comprehensive immigration reform if the president is re-elected. He believes it can be passed and implemented by the end of 2013. “Many Republican Senators have said to me after this election we need to sit down and do this,” Durbin said.