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Attempted Terror Attack Shows Need for Strict Immigration Reform - White House

© AFP 2021 / Bryan R. SmithPolice respond to a reported explosion at the Port Authority Bus Terminal on December 11, 2017 in New York
Police respond to a reported explosion at the Port Authority Bus Terminal on December 11, 2017 in New York - Sputnik International
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The attempted terrorist attack in New York City shows the need for enhanced immigration policies so as to prevent terrorists from entering the United States, White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders said during a press briefing on Monday.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Three people sustained minor injuries in the Monday morning's explosion at a passageway between Times Square and the Port Authority subway stations.

"This attack underscores the need for Congress to work with the president on immigration reforms that enhance our national security and public safety," White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders said during a press briefing. "We must protect our borders, we must insure that individuals entering our country are not coming to do harm to our people."

Police and other first responders respond to a reported explosion at the Port Authority Bus Terminal on December 11, 2017 in New York - Sputnik International
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Sanders said that President Donald Trump’s policy has called for an end to chain migration in the United States that would have prevented Monday’s attack, adding that terrorist attacks are occurring as the US-led coalition continues to make gains against Daesh terror group.

US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spokesman Tyler Houlton said in a statement that Akayed Ullah, 27, who has been identified as the sole suspect responsible for the Monday morning's explosion, is a lawful US resident, who came from Bangladesh.

"[DHS] can confirm that the suspect was admitted to the United States after presenting a passport displaying an F43 family immigrant visa in 2011," Houlton said on Twitter. "The suspect is a Lawful Permanent Resident from Bangladesh who benefited from extended family chain migration."

Authorities have taken Ullah into custody and are treating the incident as an attempted terrorist attack.

Media earlier reported that Ullah lived in New York’s borough of Brooklyn and used to work as a taxi driver. The reports also said the explosion was a Daesh-inspired attack.

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