14 December, 2017
She said it's also important to look at individuals once they enter the US, and be aware of the associations and affiliations that they may have. "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".
President Donald Trump said he'll end USA immigration programs that give preferences to the families of new residents and that allow people to enter a lottery for visas, policies the White House blames for a bombing in NY on Monday.
Cissna explained that immigrant lottery winners are chosen at random.
America's chain migration policy allows people who have migrated to the U.S.to sponsor other family members to come here as well.
DHS spokesman Tyler Houlton confirmed further that the person whose family tie had enabled Ullah to settle in the country had become a USA citizen after entering the US through the visa lottery program.
The man, who has been charged with an act of terrorism among other crimes, has been living in the United States since 2011 on a "F43" immigration via, making him a legal permanent US resident.
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Trump has been quick to call for legislative action in the aftermath of terror attacks, often promoting the need for his controversial travel ban, legislation to dramatically slow down immigration into the U.S., or the construction of his proposed massive wall along the southern border. "And if that had been in place, that would have prevented this individual from coming to the United States". The president, along with some congressional Republicans, have called for the repeal of that program. "Today's terror suspect entered our country through extended-family chain migration, which is incompatible with national security", Trump stated.
"The bad harm that this flawed system inflicts on America's security and economy has always been clear".
"The problems with the Visa Lottery are various", Cissna said.
"They are just using this as a way to scapegoat and attack the immigration system, this particular incident, when there's no demonstrated connection between cutting back on the family-based system and protecting our national security", Chen said.
"If you have a system that doesn't select at all or is barely selecting anybody, we don't know what we're going to get", Cissna told reporters at the daily briefing. It is time for Congress to prioritize the interests and safety of American citizens.