The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has confirmed that Akayed Ullah, the 27-year-old Bangladesh national who attempted to detonate a suicide bomb in downtown Manhattan on Monday, came to the United States as a “chain migration” relative of an individual who had previously immigrated to the country.
Under “chain migration,” new immigrants to the U.S. are allowed to bring an unlimited number of poorly-screened foreign relatives with them. Ullah entered the U.S. in 2011 on a F43 visa, which means that he was allowed into the country simply because his father’s brother or sister had recently been naturalized as a U.S. citizen.
.@DHSgov can confirm that the suspect was admitted to the United States after presenting a passport displaying an F43 family immigrant visa in 2011. The suspect is a Lawful Permanent Resident from Bangladesh who benefited from extended family chain migration.
— Tyler Q. Houlton (@SpoxDHS) December 11, 2017
JUST IN: 27 y/o Terrorist who is from Bangladesh and was living in Brooklyn, told authorities “They’ve been bombing in my country and I wanted to do damage here, Terrorist was also a cab driver. pic.twitter.com/vhtfzadgoc
— NYC Scanner (@NYScanner) December 11, 2017
President Donald Trump has repeatedly called for an end to chain migration, calling it “horrible” and “a disaster for this country.”
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— Fox News (@FoxNews) November 2, 2017
According to Breitbart News, more than 140,000 Bangladeshi nationals have entered the U.S. since 2005 via chain migration.
Additionally, Ullah is the second foreign born-suspected terrorist in three months to have entered the country through an immigration program for which Trump has demanded an end. Sayfullo Saipov, the man who allegedly killed eight people in New York City in October, entered the U.S. in 2010 by winning the Diversity Visa Lottery. The lottery, which doles out 50,000 foreign visas annually, doesn’t exempt certain countries with terrorist problems, including Afghanistan, Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Syria, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, Yemen, and Uzbekistan.
Earlier this month, Trump vowed to end the lottery system, saying, “We want people coming into our country who love our people, support our economy and embrace our values. It’s time to get our priorities straight.”
Trump is absolutely correct that visas should be awarded on a merit-based system – we can’t just let people into America willy-nilly. That’s exactly what Europe did, and look what’s happening over there.
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