"So the suspect in yesterday's bombing came in under the most extreme, remote possible family-based connection that you can have under current USA immigration law", Cissna said.
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.
"Today's terror suspect entered our country through extended-family chain migration, which is incompatible with national security", Trump said.
-Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev, another Uzbek and visa lottery victor, who was sentenced in October to 15 years' imprisonment for conspiring to provide material support to ISIS.
Ullah is the second terrorist in less than three months to have been allowed to enter the US because of the Visa Lottery.
President Trump's immigration agenda has been validated twice in less than two months' time, but Democrats still aren't listening. First, it can just as easily be made in reverse - without such legal immigration, the US would be denied the rewards extending from the 9.3 million people who entered the USA legally between 2005 and 2015 on family ties, or about 70 percent of the legal immigration during that decade. The president urged Congress to prioritize national security and immigrants who are able to contribute to the economy over immigrants who have little to no ties to the United States. "And that's why we have to look at all sectors and do what we can to make sure we're doing everything within our power to protect the American people", she added.
"The awful harm that this flawed system inflicts on America's security and economy has always been clear".
Official figures show that over the past decade, nearly 30,000 nationals of three countries now designated by the USA government as state-sponsors of terror have obtained green cards through the visa lottery program - more than 20,700 Iranians, 7,200 Sudanese and 800 Syrians. In a statement, Sessions echoed the president's call for reforms. But there might be a negative impact of halting family-based migration. It is time for Congress to prioritize the interests and safety of American citizens.