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Rep. Pete King: More Vetting Needed for All Immigrants

Rep. Pete King: More Vetting Needed for All Immigrants
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By    |   Tuesday, 12 December 2017 12:21 PM

More vetting must take place for people coming into the United States, and not just for the countries listed in President Donald Trump's executive order on travel from Muslim majority countries, Rep. Pete King said Tuesday.

He also told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" anchor Bill Hammer, however, that he does not agree with Trump that allowing families to bring in relatives through visa programs, or "chain migration" is entirely at fault for Monday's pipe bomb attack in New York City.

"Whether or not there was chain immigration or regular immigration, when people come into the country, the important thing is to vet them," said the New York Republican. "There is no higher percentage of terrorists from those who come in by chain migration."

Such immigrants go through the same vetting process as everyone else, said King, but he does believe that could be more extensive and detailed, particularly for people coming in under the chain migration program.

"They have to prove basically — especially if you are coming from a country that has any type of terrorist influence — prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that you're free of any type of terrorist connections." said King.

"The chain part of it is no different, really, from the original people that came here in his family. They should be subjected to the same vetting."

Akayed Ullah, 27, the suspect in Monday's attack, came to the United States from Bangladesh in 2011 on a family immigrant visa and is a legal resident, according to Department of Homeland Security spokesman Tyler Houlton.

The news has sparked new complaints from the Trump administration about the family immigration system that allows family members of people already in the United States to enter the country.

King said he believes across the board, the vetting system to allow immigrants to enter the United States needs to be made tougher, including the lottery system put in place o help Europeans come to the country.

Earlier on Tuesday, New York Police Department Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller told "CBS This Morning" that Ullah had not been on the radar of either the FBI or the NYPD, and King agreed it is getting tougher to track such suspects.

"It's tougher and tougher to do, which is all the more reason why we need more surveillance and monitoring," said King. "When you have the type of community surveillance, people who are going to be sources within the community . . . if a person is acting differently or strange and saying any type of radical things they can let the police know. Maybe this guy [Ullah] didn't — I don't know."

Police, though, would not get information about a lone wolf attacker unless someone reports that person, and "they have a source and reason to be watching that person," said King.

Miller also said that Monday's attack could have been much worse, and King said he agrees.

"Often the media and politicians forget the most recent attack," said King. "Once it's over and done with, they forget about it and they think the police are going too far and too much surveillance and monitoring. They don't realize al-Qaida and ISIS are more desperate now than in the past."

In New York City's subway system, there are 6 million people on the subway every day, he added, and even more during the holiday season.

"It is so difficult to stop somebody who has a body bomb," he said. "We have to constantly be monitoring and surveilling. Never let our guard down."

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More vetting must take place for people coming into the United States, and not just for the countries listed in President Donald Trump's executive order on travel from Muslim majority countries, Rep. Pete King said Tuesday.
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