Thomas Gallatin / December 12, 2017

This ‘Lone Wolf’ Jihadi Is a Chain Migrant

The terrorist immigrated to the U.S. via chain migration seven years ago. Time for change.

The Bangladesh national who immigrated to the U.S. in 2011 and is currently recovering from his failed suicide bombing attempt in New York City near Times Square will be charged with terrorism. Unfortunately, that’s going to happen in civilian federal court. Early reports are that the terrorist, Akayed Ullah, had become recently radicalized and was inspired by the Islamic State. While he may have acted alone, he was no “lone wolf.” Indeed, this is yet another reminder that the Islamic ideology promoting radical jihad is as pervasive as ever, even as the Islamic State’s physical caliphate is on the brink of total defeat.

Donald Trump responded to the failed terrorist attack by highlighting the need to reform the nation’s immigration policies. “Today’s terror suspect entered our country through extended-family chain migration, which is incompatible with national security,” Trump asserted. “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.” He added, “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.”

Attorney General Jeff Sessions echoed Trump’s sentiments, arguing for U.S. immigration policy to be changed to a merit-based system. Sessions said, “The 20-year-old son of the sister of a U.S. citizen should not get priority to come to this country ahead of someone who is high-skilled, well-educated, has learned English, and is likely to assimilate and flourish here.”

Giving further credence to Trump’s argument, Ullah is now the fifth individual to engage in a domestic terror attack who was able to immigrate to the U.S. under the current visa lottery or chain migration system. His family had the gall to complain about being “held out in the cold” while authorities searched Ullah’s home. And leftists want to maintain the status quo at all costs.

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