The White House posted a statement Monday, in response to the terror attack in a New York City subway.
Akayed Ullah, the 27-year-old terrorist who attempted a suicide bombing Monday during morning rush hour at New York City’s Port Authority subway walkway near Times Square, is an immigrant from Bangladesh. Ullah came to the United States in Feb. 2011, along with his parents and siblings, on an F43 family visa, which gives preferential treatment for those who have family already in the United States.
After arriving in the U.S., Ullah was a licensed as a driver-for-hire from March 2012 through March 2015, but did not renew it after the expiration date.
He lived in Brooklyn and worked with his brother for a company doing electrical work near the port Authority. CNN reported that Ullah pledged allegiance to ISIS in conversations with authorities Monday.
CBS News reported that Ullah traveled back to Bangladesh in September for about a month. He had also visited in the United Arab Emirates since his immigration to the U.S.
In his statement responding to the attack, President Trump once again insisted that America’s lax immigration system needs a major overhaul, and said the extended-family chain migration program must end.
Below is the president’s full statement:
Statement from President Donald J. Trump Regarding Today’s Attack in New York City
Today’s attempted mass murder attack in New York City—the second terror attack in New York in the last two months—once again highlights the urgent need for Congress to enact legislative reforms to protect the American people.
First and foremost, as I have been saying since I first announced my candidacy for President, America must fix its lax immigration system, which allows far too many dangerous, inadequately vetted people to access our country. Today’s terror suspect entered our country through extended-family chain migration, which is incompatible with national security. My 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 our immigration system. Congress must end chain migration. 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. The terrible harm that this flawed system inflicts on America’s security and economy has long been clear. I am determined to improve our immigration system to put our country and our people first.
Second, those convicted of engaging in acts of terror deserve the strongest penalty allowed by law, including the death penalty in appropriate cases. America should always stand firm against terrorism and extremism, ensuring that our great institutions can address all evil acts of terror.
In the wake of today’s failed attack, we commend NY law enforcement and stand with @POTUS against terrorism and extremism. As POTUS said: “those convicted of engaging in acts of terror deserve the strongest penalty allowed by law, including the death penalty.” pic.twitter.com/Syn1hUkS2U
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) December 12, 2017
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