DHS and President Trump Confirm ISIS NYC Terrorist Benefitted From Chain Migration

Ann Santiago
December 14, 2017

The White House offered no evidence about where the suspect was radicalized or whether there were any red flags in his record. He was one of 141,501 immigrants who arrived in the US from Bangladesh through chain migration since 2005, according to the White House. "So the president is aggressively gonna continue to push forth responsible immigration reform, and ending chain migration would certainly be a part of that process".

Trump also touted his travel ban, which does not apply to the country from which the suspect immigrated.

All immigrants to the United States are screened for security risks, which Cissna acknowledged on Tuesday.

The suspect, Akayed Ullah, 27, came to the U.S. from Bangladesh in 2011 on a visa for children of siblings of USA citizens, the Department of Homeland Security confirmed Monday.

"The Department of Homeland Security will use every legal option available to keep Americans safe", DHS spokesman Tyler Houlton said in a statement. Trump said his executive action to restrict the entry of certain nationals from eight countries, which the Supreme Court recently allowed to take effect, is just one step forward in "securing" the immigration system.

That prompted White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders to note that President Trump has railed against so-called "chain migration", through which dozens of an immigrant's relatives can enter the USA simply because their family member made it. They noted that his uncle, now a United States citizen, originally came on a diversity lottery visa, a program that benefits up to 50,000 people per year from countries with lower levels of immigration to the USA and is the same program that brought the suspect in a Halloween New York terrorist attack to the US. "Congress must end chain migration".

"The best bill out there is the RAISE Act, which was introduced by Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue", he says.

As the Trump administration presses the notion that recent terrorist attacks justify significant changes in the legal immigration system, critics say the facts of those attacks undercut their own argument. Family connections, including spouses, children and extended family, account for a large share of green cards given out each year.

He came to the U.S. from Bangladesh in 2011 on a visa for relatives of a USA citizen. Those families still must meet eligibility requirements to enter the United States and are screened and interviewed.

"Congress must also act on my Administration's other proposals to enhance domestic security, including increasing the number of Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, enhancing the arrest and detention authorities for immigration officers, and ending fraud and abuse in our immigration system", he continued.

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