Why did we let him in? Trump says Bangladeshi bomber on a ‘chain entry’ green card shows why extended-family immigration rules need to be tightened

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
By Paul Martin

President Trump seizes on immigration status of Bangladeshi man arrested after botched attack in New York at Port Authority bus station
Akayed Ullah, 27, is a green card holder who was part of a large family who appear to have arrived thanks to ‘chain migration’
Immigration records show he got in because one of his parents’ siblings is a citizen. That citizen can sponsor their brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews
There are no restrictions on how many immigrants a citizen can sponsor and family reunion gets priority over other forms of sponsorship

12 December 2017

President Donald Trump said Monday a bomb blast in Manhattan highlights the need for an immigration overhaul – as the man arrested was revealed to be part of a large Bangladeshi family sponsored by his aunt or uncle.

Trump said that the U.S. ‘must fix its lax immigration system, which allows far too many dangerous, inadequately vetted people’ into the country.

The Republican president pointed to his controversial travel ban as an example of the kind of policy that needs to be put in place.

And he called on Congress to end ‘chain migration,’ in which family members are permitted to join relatives who have immigrated.

A Bangladeshi man identified as 27-year-old Akayed Ullah was taken into custody with serious injuries after a pipe bomb he was carrying malfunctioned and exploded prematurely inside a Midtown Manhattan subway station.

He had come from Bangladesh in 2011, apparently with his parents and three or four siblings – all of them sponsored by his aunt or uncle, his immigration status showed.

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