US Newspapers – Trump quickly seizes on new york terror attack to promote immigration changes


Trump quickly seizes on new york terror attack to promote immigration changes
CLOSE President Donald Trump says he will consider sending the suspected New York City truck attacker to the prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Nov. 1 APWASHINGTON — Two days after a shooter in Las Vegas used modified assault weapons to kill 58 people on Oct. 1, President Trump rebuffed questions about what the government could do to protect people from such attacks. We’ll talk about that later,” he said. But one month later, Trump responded to the killing of eight people in New York City — the worst Islamic terror attack on U.S. soil during his ninemonthold presidency — with a sense of swiftness and certainty. Arms crossed at a cabinet meeting but addressing reporters Wednesday, Trump rattled off a litany of problems and proposed solutions for terror attacks, which he linked closely to U.S. immigration policies. He promised to end the Diversity Visa Lottery Program that allowed the suspect into the country, and the chain migration of 23 family members that he said have followed. They certainly could represent a threat, he said. He criticized a justice system that he said moves too slowly on terror cases. We also have to come up with punishment thats far quicker and far greater than the punishment these animals are getting right now, he said. Because what we have right now is a joke and its a laughingstock. He even said he was considering sending the suspect to the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba — a move that would be unprecedented and constitutionally questionable for a person arrested inside the United States. Send him to Gitmo — I would certainly consider that, yes, he said. And on Twitter, Trump also resorted to partisan and personal attacks. He blamed what he called Democrat lottery systems, including the 20yearold program he called a Chuck Schumer beauty. The Department of Homeland Security confirmed that the driver, 29yearold Sayfullo Saipov, was an immigrant from Uzbekistan who arrived legally in the United States in 2010 through a program known as the Visa Lottery Program. More NYC terror attack Suspect was radicalized domestically by ISIS propagandaSchumer, now the Senate minority leader, was part of a bipartisan group that drafted the bill creating the program. That law passed both houses of Congress overwhelmingly in 1990 and was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush. Democrats quickly contrasted Trumps swift and selfassured response to that following the Las Vegas shooting a month ago, which claimed the lives of 58 people. The Islamic State claimed credibility for that attack, waged by a U.S. citizen, but the FBI says theres no evidence to support that claim. Now I get it, tweeted Sen. Chris Murphy, DConn., a leading proponent of gun control. If the killer is an immigrant you can talk about policy change, but if hes natural born, youre politicizing the tragedy. Indeed, Trumps lashing out at Schumer brought bipartisan rebuke. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, called Trumps tweets not helpful and said he was bothered by attempts to politicize this situation. I dont think that brings out the best in our country, Sen. Bob Corker, RTenn., told NBC News. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the Trump administration has been consistent in its treatment of the Las Vegas and New York attacks. I said it wasn’t appropriate to politicize the conversation, which I don’t believe we are, she said. We’re talking about protecting American lives. Its unclear what new policies Trump would propose. The White House had already asked Congress to eliminate the visa lottery. Sanders said the administration could consider adding Uzbekistan, a predominately Sunni Muslim country, to the travel ban. Sanders offered no new details of new measures the administration would put in place to step up our already extreme vetting program, as Trump promised Tuesday night. Instead, she recited actions Trump had already ordered. The Department of Homeland Security referred questions about new immigrant vetting…



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