White House claims Trump's immigration plans could have prevented NYC attack

Police respond to a reported explosion at the Port Authority Bus Terminal

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

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the attack underscored the need for Congress to work with the president on immigration reforms that enhance the national security and public safety.

Shortly before Sanders began her briefing, Department of Homeland Security spokesman said Tyler Houlton said in a Twitter post that the suspect was admitted to the USA from Bangladesh on a family immigrant visa in 2011.

Trump said in a statement the suspect had entered the United States on a family immigrant visa, benefiting from a USA policy known as chain migration, which the president said "is incompatible with national security".

The nation's immigration system "allows far too many unsafe, inadequately vetted people to access our country", Trump said, adding that the family-based method that brought the suspect to the United States is "incompatible with national security".

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio speak at a press conference as police respond to a reported explosion at the Port Authority Bus Terminal on December 11, 2017 in New York. Three bystanders near the explosion sustained headaches and ringing in the ears.

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According to Rui, originally from Shanghai, her elderly father collapsed afterward from the stress, she wrote in a Facebook post . However, the flight scheduled for 6:30 a.m. was delayed repeatedly because of weather and kept passengers inside the cabin.

The suspect in Monday morning's blast at Port Authority in midtown Manhattan was identified as Akayed Ullah, 27.

No one was killed in the attack, but several people were injured.

Officials said that Ullah was from Bangladesh and had lived in the city for seven years.

President Donald Trump tweeted last month that he would like to see chain migration end.

"DHS can confirm that the suspect was admitted to the United States after presenting a passport displaying an F43 family immigrant visa in 2011. So the president is aggressively gonna continue to push forth responsible immigration reform, and ending chain migration would certainly be a part of that process". F-43 visas apply to children or brothers or sisters of USA citizens who are at least 21 years old. David Perdue, of Georgia, both Republicans, have most recently proposed the RAISE Act, which would limit the number of permanent-resident visas and do away with the ability of citizens to bring over relatives other than spouses and minor children.

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