DHS: Suicide-Bomb Suspect Arrived by Chain Migration

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The terror suspect who allegedly attempted to detonate a suicide-bomb in New York came to the United States from Bangladesh as a “chain migration” relative of an individual who had immigrated earlier into the United States.

In October, President Donald Trump called for an end to this “chain migration” process in his immigration principles.

On Monday 27-year-old Akayed Ullah, a Bangladesh national, injured three individuals when he allegedly tried to detonate a suicide bomb in New York City in a planned terrorist attack.

Ullah, as confirmed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), entered the U.S. in 2011 as a chain migrant.

Under “chain migration,” new immigrants to the U.S. are allowed to bring an unlimited number of poorly-screened foreign relatives with them, creating a never-ending flow of immigration from some terror-ridden countries....



Chain Migration: Burdensome and Obsolete, by Jessica Vaughan, Center for Immigration Studies, December 11, 2017:

UPDATE: The relative who sponsored Ullah and his family is reported to have entered originally under the visa lottery and become a US citizen. Ten years ago, in the peak year for Bangladeshi lottery winners, about 36 percent of the immigrant visas from that country went to lottery winners (3,500 out of 9,600 immigrant visas). In 2017, 99 percent of the more than 12,000 immigrant visas were family-based.

According to reports, the Port Authority bomber, Akayed Ullah, is a citizen of Bangladesh who came to the United States in February 2011 on an immigrant visa in one of the chain migration categories. Ullah qualified to enter at age 20 as the nephew of a naturalized U.S. citizen. It is unknown at this time how the naturalized uncle or aunt immigrated to the United States to begin with.

Approximately 90 percent of the immigrants from Bangladesh in the last decade have received green cards through sponsorship by a relative who immigrated earlier. Immigration from Bangladesh has risen noticeably over time; the number of immigrant visas issued to Bangladeshis was about 6,000 in 2000 and was about 12,000 in 2017. Further, there are now more than 175,000 citizens of Bangladesh on the immigrant visa waiting list, of whom just over 165,000 (94 percent) are waiting in the sibling/nephew/niece category. 

For many years citizens of Bangladesh were leading participants in the annual Visa Lottery. By 2012, Bangladesh was disqualified based on high annual numbers of green cards awarded, but even without lottery green cards, immigration has continued to rise due to chain migration green card awards.

No matter how much we improve our vetting, the sheer momentum of chain migration-driven immigration from terror-afflicted parts of the world is itself a national security risk...


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