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Suspect in custody after NY 'terrorist attack'

Suspect in custody after NY 'terrorist attack'

President Trump and his aides called for tighter restrictions on immigration Monday after a Bangladesh native living in the USA was taken into custody for attempting to carry out a terrorist attack in New York City.

The American immigration system allows citizens to apply for certain relatives - spouses, children, parents, siblings and their spouses and minor children - to be allowed to come and live in the US.

This photo from a 2011 drivers license shows Akayed Ullah, the suspect in the explosion near New York's Times Square on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017.

In calling for an end to "extended-family chain migration", Trump said, "the awful harm that this flawed system inflicts on America's security and economy has always been clear".

Law enforcement officials said Ullah was inspired by ISIS but didn't appear to have direct contact with the group and likely acted alone.

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Monday, "The president is aggressively going to continue to push forth responsible immigration reform, and ending chain migration would certainly be a part of that process". Three people near the blast sustained minor injuries, authorities said. The suspect in that case, Sayfullo Saipov, proclaimed his fealty to the Islamic State, also known as ISIS.

"DHS can confirm that the suspect was admitted to the United States after presenting a passport displaying an F43 family immigrant visa in 2011".

"The 20-year-old son of the sister of a USA 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", Sessions said further.

The President has repeatedly called for an end or restrictions on "chain migration", and has endorsed a bill from Republican Sens.

US President Donald Trump responded on Monday to the explosion in NY, which was the result of an apparent suicide bombing attempt. Though roughly 150,000 employment-based Green Cards are allotted every year, half of those Green Cards actually go to the foreign relatives of employees. The visas fall under different preferences, or categories; siblings of United States citizens come in the fourth preference, the F4, and their children come under F43s. Those subsequent immigrants can also sponsor family members.