NYC Bomber Benefitted From U.S. Visa Lottery Program

Admin calls for elimination of program, end to chain migration

A member of the New York City Police Department stands guard inside the New York Port Authority Bus Terminal after it reopened following an explosion

A member of the New York City Police Department stands guard inside the New York Port Authority Bus Terminal after it reopened following an explosion / Getty Images

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Accused New York City bomber Akayed Ullah, originally from Bangladesh, benefitted from the U.S. Visa Lottery program, which randomly grants visas to foreigners and their families, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

U.S. law enforcement officials confirmed late Monday that Ullah, who attempted to detonate a suicide bomb in downtown New York City, obtained a green card under a family-based preference system after one of his family members was awarded a visa through the lottery.

Winners of the Visa Lottery program can go on to sponsor family members to come to the United States, resulting in chain migration, which could lead to large numbers of the winners' foreign relatives resettling in the United States.

DHS confirmed that Ullah entered the United States in 2011.

Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, an Uzbek national who committed a terror act in New York City last month, was also awarded a visa through the lottery.

President Trump called for the elimination of the Visa Lottery program and an end to chain migration.

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Adam Kredo is senior writer reporting on national security and foreign policy matters for the Washington Free Beacon. An award-winning political reporter who has broken news from across the globe, Kredo’s work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the Weekly Standard, Commentary Magazine, the Drudge Report, and the Jerusalem Post, among many others. His Twitter handle is @Kredo0. His email address is kredo@freebeacon.com.

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