Nearly 142,0000 Bangladeshis have emigrated to the U.S. on the basis of family ties, White House Special Assistant Kelly Sadler revealed in a Monday email.
Sadler’s email follows a Monday alleged terrorist attack on the New York City subway system by Akayed Ullah. Ullah is a former New York City cab driver who entered the U.S. with his parents on a family immigrant visa in 2011, and is a lawful permanent resident who resides in Brooklyn.
He reportedly made derogatory statements on Israel to authorities while in custody, and former police commissioner Bill Bratton told MSNBC Monday morning that the attack was “possibly ISIS inspired.”
“A significant driver of this influx of family-based immigration is Chain Migration, the process by which foreign nationals permanently resettle within the U.S. and subsequently bring over their foreign relatives, who then have the opportunity to bring over their foreign relatives, until entire extended families are resettled within the country,” Sadler highlighted, noting that President Donald Trump has proposed an end to such resettlement practice by immigrants.
“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,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions lamented in an afternoon statement.
The White House’s warning follows a similar statement following a November terrorist attack also in New York Citym carried out by terror suspect Sayfullo Saipov. Saipov was revealed to be the “point of contact” for 23 different immigrants to the U.S. by Trump in a follow up press conference. Saipov entered the U.S. under the diversity visa lottery program.
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