NYC Bomber a Beneficiary of Chain Migration and the Visa Lottery Program

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Those subsequent immigrants can also sponsor family members.

"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".

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.

Cissna explained that immigrant lottery winners are chosen at random. First, it can just as easily be made in reverse - without such legal immigration, the US would be denied the rewards extending from the 9.3 million people who entered the USA legally between 2005 and 2015 on family ties, or about 70 percent of the legal immigration during that decade.

Trump has been quick to call for legislative action in the aftermath of terror attacks, often promoting the need for his controversial travel ban, legislation to dramatically slow down immigration into the United States, or the construction of his proposed massive wall along the southern border. "If that had been in place, that would have prevented this individual from coming to the United States". Ullah entered the USA on an immigrant visa in 2011 that he was able to obtain through a relative, a naturalized US citizen who had won a visa through the lottery program, Tyler Houlton, a Department of Homeland Security spokesman said on Twitter.

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The suspect, who is a lawful permanent resident from Bangladesh, had arrived in 2011 on an F43 family immigrant visa in 2011, CNN reported citing DHS spokesperson Tyler Houlton.

The President stressed his call on Congress to take action. "I am determined to improve our immigration system to put our country and our people first", Trump said.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is also supporting ending chain migration and the visa lottery. The suspect in today's attack entered through chain migration. In a statement, Sessions echoed the president's call for reforms.

"First and foremost... America must fix its lax immigration system, which allows far too many risky, inadequately vetted people to access our country". It is time for Congress to prioritize the interests and safety of American citizens.