"DHS can confirm that the suspect was admitted to the United States after presenting a passport displaying an F43 family immigrant visa in 2011".
Cissna said that like chain migration, the Visa Lottery is ridden with fraud and abuse, allowing many foreign nationals to come to the US despite having no intentions of assimilating or contributing to the national economy. "When considering who to invite into our country as immigrants, our nation should focus on people's merit: their skills, education and what they can contribute".
Meanwhile, Saipov was himself a visa lottery recipient who immigrated from Uzbekistan in 2010. He also noted that foreign nationals from countries that are state sponsors of terrorism are allowed to apply for the lottery, which awards 50,000 green cards annually.
Cotton and Perdue's bill would cut the number of green cards given out per year by roughly half, by sharply cutting the number of family-based categories for visas and by transforming the employment-based green card system from one based on employers' needs to one that heavily favors highly skilled, highly educated, English-speaking immigrants.
That means Ullah was in the fourth (and most distant) family-relationship eligibility category - the minor child of a sibling of a USA citizen over 21 years of age.
"I don't think President Trump is going to veto the Dream Act", she added.
Sanders told reporters, "The president is certainly concerned that Congress, particularly Democrats, have failed to take action in some places where we feel we could have prevented this".
"Today's terror suspect entered our country through extended-family chain migration, which is incompatible with national security". "The bad harm that this flawed system inflicts on America's security and economy has always been clear". I am determined to improve our immigration system to put our country and our people first.
"It's worse than not effective, it's counterproductive", said Michael Breen, president and CEO of the Truman Center and Truman National Security Project, whose membership includes former national security officials and veterans of the Obama and Clinton administrations. "The President is exactly correct about the changes we need to our immigration system". "First and foremost, as I have been saying since I first announced my candidacy for president, America must fix its lax immigration system, which allows far too many unsafe, inadequately vetted people to access our country". After the attack, President Trump called on Congress and the Department of Justice to end the program.