Chain migration responsible for NYC terror suspect's entry: White House

President Donald Trump listens to Vice President Mike Pence speak before signing a policy directive to send American astronauts back to the moon and eventually Mars in the Roosevelt Room of the White House Monday Dec. 11 2017 in Washington. (AP Phot

"No, what I think my point is - is that if you have immigrant visa programs where the eligibility criteria are low to nonexistent or even an outright lottery", Cissna said to a reporter, "you're not selecting for the types of people that we want in this country, according to criteria, that will ensure their success in our nation".

The suspect reportedly came to the U.S. from Bangladesh some seven years ago on a family visa.

Cissna explained to the establishment media how Bangladesh national Akayed Ullah was able to arrive in the U.S.in 2011 through the process known as "chain migration", whereby new immigrants are allowed to bring an unlimited amount of foreign relatives to the country. "The President is exactly correct about the changes we need to our immigration system". "Today's terror suspect entered our country through extended-family chain migration, which is incompatible with national security", Trump stated.

"The president's policy has called for an end to chain migration", Sanders said. "I am determined to improve our immigration system to put our country and our people first", Trump said.

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She said it's also important to look at individuals once they enter the USA, and be aware of the associations and affiliations that they may have.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump was "concerned that Congress, particularly Democrats, have failed to take action in some places where we feel we could have prevented this [attack]". "Still, there is more work to be done on the ground in the shrinking ISIS- controlled areas, and the president's plan to annihilate ISIS is moving forward", Sanders said.

"The president has successfully rallied the world behind this cause, and we will not stop until it is accomplished", she asserted.

President Donald Trump and administration officials have explicitly pointed to how Akayed Ullah, the suspect in Monday's attempted terrorist attack in New York City, was granted a green card in the USA as evidence for their push to restrict those immigration avenues. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) last February - the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment (RAISE) Act - would end the diversity visa lottery and significantly reduce chain migration by retaining only two categories for family sponsorship - spouses and unmarried minor children.

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