The pre-detonation of a pipe bomb in a connector tunnel between Port Authority and the NY subway system resulted in very few casualties. But this did not stop President Trump from revisiting a theme that has been actively discussed by him on his Twitter account. The need to reform the “lax” immigration system.
The suspect in this case was on an F Visa, and already had a green card.
Multiple news outlets are reporting that early in the morning of December 11, during the busy rush hour, an explosive device went off at one of Mew York’s busiest subway stations, near Times Square. The explosion caused widespread panic and subway disruptions.
One man. allegedly from Bangladesh, was taken into custody, amid reports of injuries to a few people, including to the suspect himself, according to the Washington Post.
Even though there is no reported evidence so far that this was anything other than a “lone wolf” terrorist attack, Trump, we can be sure, will very likely lose little or no time in making demagogic attacks on immigrants from outside Europe and using this latest incident to promote, not only his latest Muslim ban, but also his entire white nationalist anti-immigrant agenda.
Bangladesh is not on Trump’s latest six country Muslim ban list.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said on Monday the homemade bomb attack in New York City that authorities said was carried out by a Bangladeshi man highlights the “urgent need” for Congress to enact immigration reform legislation.
Trump said in a statement the suspect had entered the United States on a family immigrant visa, benefiting from a U.S. policy known as chain migration, which the president said “is incompatible with national security.”
And the White House immediately chimed in afterwards:
“This attack underscores the need for Congress to work with the president on immigration reforms that enhance the national security and public safety,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters. “We must protect our borders and we must ensure that individuals entering our country are not coming to do harm to people, and we must move to a merit-based immigration system.”