Failed New York suicide bomber charged with terror and weapons counts
The failed New York City suicide bomber has been charged with terror and weapons counts, say police.
Akayed Ullah, 27, was arrested after a pipe bomb strapped to his torso partially detonated in Port Authority on Monday morning.
He was one of four injured in the failed terror attack that targeted commuters in New York City’s busiest bus station just a stone’s throw away from Times Square.
The White House used Monday’s attack as a push for stricter border control.
Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said: ‘We must protect our border and ensure individuals entering our country are not coming to do harm.’
She explained that Ullah, who lives in Brooklyn, used what is known as ‘chain migration’ to enter the US from Bangladesh in 2011′.
He was allowed in because he has family that resides in America.
Sanders continued: ‘This suspect was admitted to the US after displaying a family immigrant visa.
‘If [Trump’s] change was in place, then that attacker would not have been allowed in the country.’
She added Isis’ ideology ‘has no borders but it must be eradicated’.
It is not known if Ullah was radicalized in the US or elsewhere.
Trump, who wants to scrap chain migration, did not put Bangladesh on the list of countries where citizens are banned from traveling to the US.
The travel ban affects all residents of six mostly Muslim countries: Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.
It means that even close relatives of people in the US are barred from entering the country.
Lower courts had said people from those nations with a claim of a ‘bona fide’ relationship with someone in the United States could not be kept out of the country.
Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor were the only two justices who would have left the lower court orders in place.
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