President Trump has called for Congress to immediately begin working to eliminate the
The president said Saipov was “the primary point of contact for 23 people who came in with him” and speculated whether his family, too, could pose a threat to the United States– “They could. They certainly could,” Mr. Trump said.
Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov entered the US under the Diversity Visa Progam. President Trump and Republicans are trying to replace the Diversity Visa Program with a Merit-Based Immigration System.
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) introduced in Febrary 2017 the RAISE Act, which states:
“To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to establish a skills-based immigration points system, to focus family-sponsored immigration on spouses and minor children, to eliminate the Diversity Visa Program, to set a limit on the number of refugees admitted annually to the United States, and for other purposes.”
The man who allegedly ran down cyclists and pedestrians along 17 Manhattan blocks pledged his allegiance to ISIS before his attack, it has emerged.
Police sources say Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, 29, entered a bicycle path at Houston Street at 3.05pm and drove downtown, knocking down victims before smashing into a school bus at Chambers Street, exiting and shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’.
He then waved a paintball gun in one hand and a pellet gun in the other, and was shot in the abdomen by a police officer. He has now exited surgery and police are waiting for him to wake up before they question him.
Images of ISIS flags were found in his truck, as well as handwritten notes pledging his allegiance to the terrorist group, insiders told the New York Post.
As the horrific toll – currently at eight dead and at least 15 injured, including one child in critical condition – climbed up, details began to emerge about Saipov’s life.
He was an Uzbekistan native who had lived in the US for seven years, ran two trucking companies and was a ‘friendly’ Uber driver, sources claim.
And although he was reportedly found with a Florida ID when arrested, he had lived most recently in New Jersey and ran two trucking companies located in Ohio.
He was also said to be a friendly Uber driver who was good with kids – and did not like people taking his photo.