White House urges immigration reforms following NY explosion

Remigio Civitarese
Dicembre 13, 2017

Police in Bangladesh said Tuesday that they were not in a position to comment on the suspect, identified by USA authorities as Akayed Ullah, a 27-year-old Bangladeshi immigrant.

Much remained unclear about the background of the suspect, identified by police as Akayed Ullah, 27, who was injured in the apparent suicide bombing attempt. Efforts to do away with that, they say, mask a greater goal of limiting overall immigration numbers from certain populations. "His wife didn't know anything about this side of Akayed", Ferdous said.

Akayed came to Bangladesh on 8 September this year on a visit, police added.

"This was an attempted terrorist attack", he said.

We are learning more about the man who's suspected of setting off an explosion in a crowded corridor between two New York City subway stations this morning. There's a sudden flash of white smoke, and when it clears a single figure is lying on the ground. He detonated a pipe bomb in the 42nd Street passageway tunnel in midtown Manhattan, injuring himself and three others.

He lived in Brooklyn and worked previously as a New York City cab driver but reportedly made the bomb at his current place of employment, an electrical shop.

The suspect appeared to have acted alone, de Blasio said. He said he acted in response to Israeli actions in Gaza.

"This is New York", Governor Andrew Cuomo said.

Police and other first responders respond to a reported explosion at the Port Authority Bus Terminal
AFP 2017 Bryan R. Smith Attempted Terror Attack Rocks Central Manhattan Four Injured Suspect in Custody

Investigators recovered a passport in his name with a handwritten message: "O America, die in your rage".

Akayed's family in the United States said in a statement that it was heartbroken and deeply saddened by the suffering the attack has caused.

"Today's attempted mass murder attack in New York City - the second terror attack in New York in the last two months - once again highlights the urgent need for Congress to enact legislative reforms to protect the American people", Trump said in a statement.

The United States President Donald Trump reacted on the 'lone wolf' terror attack in NY, saying the Congress must enact laws to protect American people.

Although he has said he wants to devise protections for the so-called Dreamers, replacing the Obama-era program he is ending, Trump is demanding that any agreement also include measures cracking down on immigration.

Trump also called on Congress to end chain migration and described the family-based method that brought the suspect to the U.S.as "incompatible with national security".

A "merit-based" immigration system, Sessions said, would mean "welcoming the best and the brightest and turning away not only terrorists but gang members, fraudsters, drunk drivers, and child abusers".

Immigrants' rights groups say doing away with chain migration would radically change the nation's immigration system and reduce the number of people of color coming into the country.

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