NYC Bomber Benefitted From US Visa Lottery Program

Frederick Owens
December 14, 2017

"Specifically, the president's policy has called for an end to chain migration", she said. In Ullah's case, he wasn't a direct beneficiary, but it was a combination of chain migration and the diversity visa lottery.

Akayed Ullah, the 27-year-old attempted suicide bomber, was admitted to the U.S.in 2011 on a family immigrant visa.

"The problems with the Visa Lottery are various", Cissna said.

"Today's terror suspect entered our country through extended-family chain migration, which is incompatible with national security", Trump said.

Trump ramped up calls to end chain migration after the Halloween terror attack in New York City, by rallying support from Republicans in Congress.

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Cissna explained that immigrant lottery winners are chosen at random. Mandhai immigrated to the USA on the basis of his parents' visa lottery win. The president urged Congress to prioritize national security and immigrants who are able to contribute to the economy over immigrants who have little to no ties to the United States. 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. 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 United States and be interviewed before they can receive visas.

President Trump touts immigration reform for the same reason he lashes out at illegal immigration at a time when such behavior is in decline, not on the rise. "The awful harm that this flawed system inflicts on America's security and economy has always been clear".

Now we know he not only came into the country on chain migration, he entered after a relative in Bangladesh was selected for immigration to the United States through the Diversity Visa Lottery Program.

"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.

President Donald Trump responded to Monday's failed New York City subway bombing in an early evening statement, calling on Congress to pass his immigration agenda.

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