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House set to tighten restrictions on visa-free travel to US

In this photo provided by Vanessa Pena, a man gestures after jumping a fence at the White House on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015, in Washington. The man was immediately apprehended and taken into custody pending criminal charges, the Secret Service... (Copyright by WSLS - All rights reserved)

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House is poised to crack down on visa-free travel to the U.S., aiming to ensure that the Paris attacks won't be repeated here.

Legislation denying visa-free travel to anyone who's been in Iraq or Syria for the past five years is set for a vote in the House on Tuesday. It is likely to pass by a wide, bipartisan margin. The bill also makes a series of other changes to the visa waiver program, which allows citizens of 38 countries to travel to the U.S. without a visa for stays of 90 days or less.

Around 20 million visitors come to the U.S. each year on the visa waiver program. Most of the Paris attackers were citizens of Belgium and France, countries that participate in the visa waiver program.