Rep. Blackburn: NYC Attack Shows It's Time to Rethink Immigration System

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A spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security said Monday that Ullah had been admitted to the United States in 2011 "after presenting a passport displaying an F43 family immigrant visa".

He came to the United States from Bangladesh in 2011 on a visa for relatives of a USA citizen.

DHS "can confirm that the suspect benefited from extended family chain migration".

President Trump called for the elimination of the Visa Lottery program and an end to chain migration.

Immigrants' rights groups say doing away with chain migration would radically change the nation's immigration system and reduce the number of people of color coming into the country.

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

As lawmakers in Washington scramble to find a legislative solution for the approximately 800,000 people living in the country under the DACA program, Trump's demands that it be paired with an end to chain migration could complicate negotiations.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders explained that Ullah entered the U.S.in 2011 with an F-43 family immigrant visa. "And any chain migration would certainly be a part of that process", Sanders added.

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"This, along with all of the [White House's] other immigration policies, feel like an attack on immigrants and communities of color, and an attempt to keep the numbers of people of color down in the United States", said Essaheb.

According to the White House, several terror suspects have been beneficiaries of chain migration or of the visa lottery - a system that enables 50,000 foreigners to apply for permanent residence and green cards each year in a bid to increase diversity among the immigrant population by favoring applicants from low-admission countries. Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov was an Uzbek Uber driver.

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

-Hesham Mohamed Hedayet, an Egyptian national who opened fire at the counter of the Israeli carrier El Al at Los Angeles airport on Independence Day in 2002, killing two.

All visa applicants to the U.S. are screened before receiving their visas. After serving most of his 14-year jail sentence he was deported from the U.S.in 2015.

The detained suspect from Monday's attack gained entry to the country as a result of chain migration initiated by a relative, who received a visa and ultimately became a USA citizen through the visa lottery program.

Legislation introduced by Sen. "We have now seen two terrorist attacks in New York City in less than two months that were carried out by people who came here as the result of our failed immigration policies that do not serve the national interest-the diversity lottery and chain migration", Sessions stated.

Patrick covered government and politics in South Africa and the Middle East before joining CNSNews.com in 1999.

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