The White House announced that the U.S. government previously granted visas to at least five foreign individuals that allowed them to resettle in America. The catch is, these individuals were later tied to terrorism. The White House also said that hundreds of other foreign nationals admitted to the U.S. are under investigation as well for suspected terror ties.
One of those individuals is identified as Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, an Uzbek national suspected of being behind recent deadly terror attacks in New York City. Saipov entered the U.S. as a recipient of the Visa Lottery, which randomly gives green cards to foreigners.
Another Visa Lottery winner and Saipov’s fellow Uzbek national Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev was also recently sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiring to provide material support to Islamic State terrorists.
Then in 2009, another Visa Lottery winner, Syed Hais Ahmed, was convicted of terrorist-linked activities in the U.S. and elsewhere.
Between the years 1999 and 2002, at least three other foreign nationals from Pakistan and Egypt, carried out terror attacks after they have been allowed to resettle in the U.S., again as recipients of the Visa Lottery program.
The Trump administration has been critical of the Visa Lottery program and has been pushing to end it. The program has been markedly controversial of late following various reports that foreign nationals permitted to resettle in the country have been tied to domestic terror attacks.
The White House provided the crucial information to the media as part of its aggressive push to conclusively end the contentious Visa Lottery program, and its call to implement a stricter vetting system for accepting immigrants.
The current government has also expressed concern that those permitted to stay in the U.S. through the Visa Lottery program could legally bring along family members and other relatives to the U.S. who may terrifyingly also have links to terrorism.