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  • 16.10.2021
NYC blast renews Trump's migrant push

NYC blast renews Trump's migrant push

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A would-be suicide bomber's rush-hour blast in the heart of New York City's subway system failed to cause the bloodshed he intended, but has given new fuel to President Donald Trump's push to limit immigration.

Hours after Monday's explosion in an underground passageway connecting two of Manhattan's busiest stations, Trump cited the background of the bomber in renewing his call for closer scrutiny of foreigners who come to the country and less immigration based on family ties.

The man arrested in the bombing, - who told investigators he wanted to retaliate for American action against Islamic State extremists - came to the US from Bangladesh in 2011 on a visa available to certain relatives of US citizens.
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"Today's terror suspect entered our country through extended-family chain migration, which is incompatible with national security," Trump said. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump's proposed policies "could have prevented this".

Ullah's crude pipe bomb didn't work as intended; authorities said with the 27-year-old the only person seriously wounded.

The attack sent frightened commuters fleeing through a smoky passageway, and three people suffered headaches and ringing ears from the first bomb blast in the subway in more than two decades.
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Ullah was being treated for burns to his hands and abdomen but spoke to investigators from his hospital bed, law enforcement officials said.

Law enforcement officials said Ullah looked at IS propaganda online but is not known to have any direct contact with the militants and probably acted alone.

His family was "deeply saddened" by the attack but also "outraged by the way we have been targeted by law enforcement," the family said in a statement sent by the New York Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. A teenage relative was pulled out of class and questioned in school without a parent, guardian or lawyer, the statement said.
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Bangladesh's government condemned the subway attack.

Ullah's wife is being questioned by police in Bangladesh
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