New York Attack: White House Pushes For 'Stronger' Immigration Law

Jessica Vaughan

In a Monday statement issued in response to the attempted bombing at the Port Authority terminal subway station in NY, the President more specifically addressed the issue of chain migration. "And if that had been in place, that would have prevented this individual from coming to the United States".

"The chain was initiated by the suspect's relative who became a U.S. Citizen after entering the country via a visa lottery program", a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security wrote on Twitter.

The Bangladesh-born man who detonated a pipe bomb near Times Square on Monday morning was able to live in the United States because of chain migration and the diversity visa lottery system - two features of the immigration system that the Trump administration wants to end.

DHS spokesman Tyler Houlton confirmed further that the person whose family tie had enabled Ullah to settle in the country had become a USA citizen after entering the US through the visa lottery program.

Other immigration reform bills being weighed in Congress leave the visa lottery in place. "It would change the way we select people".

"We have to clean this up", Blackburn (R-Tenn.) said on "America's Newsroom".

In November, the State Department released data revealing that since 2007, the visa lottery has been responsible for the U.S. admitting almost 30,000 foreign nationals from the terror-sponsoring nations of Sudan, Syria, and Iran. "This multi-pronged approach is not an either-or solution to our national security challenges".


Washington D.C. [United States], December 12 (ANI): White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders has said that the NY attack suspect would not have been allowed to come in the country if President Donald Trump's immigration policy had been in place. But there might be a negative impact of halting family-based migration.

The President stressed his call on Congress to take action.

"So the suspect in yesterday's bombing came in under the most extreme, remote possible family-based connection that you can have under current US immigration law", Cissna explained to reporters at the White House. "That was so transparent from that (briefing)". Since 1981, roughly 60 percent of immigrants have arrived here by way of chain migration - that is, as a result of knowing or being related to someone, and not because they are, say, members of a profession needed in the United States.

As we are frequently told, and duly recognize, we are a "nation of immigrants". Although diversity lottery winners are chosen at random and family-based migrants are allowed in based on their relatives, all of them must pass eligibility checks by the USA and be interviewed before they can receive visas.

Ullah was reportedly inspired by the terror group ISIS. In a statement, Sessions echoed the president's call for reforms. "It is not good policy to categorize large parts of your population as outside the national identity".

Breen said that responding effectively to terrorist ideologies requires creating a "sense of national unity", and that to be "opportunistic" with an agenda instead could lead to more radicalization.

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