President Trump made a great point. The programs that brought people like Sayfullo Saipov to this country are a potential threat to our safety. Saipov, while appearing to be a “nice guy” did have some slight run-ins with the law while in the U.S. If the screening process had been merit based, the odds of Saipov ever entering the country would have been much less.
Politico reports the president’s point on the Diversity Lottery:
“The terrorist came into our country through what is called the ‘Diversity Visa Lottery Program,’ a Chuck Schumer beauty. I want merit based,” Trump wrote online, adding that there would be “no more Democrat Lottery Systems. We must get MUCH tougher (and smarter).” In a third post, the president wrote that “‘Senator Chuck Schumer helping to import Europe’s problems’ said Col. Tony Shaffer. We will stop this craziness!”
It’ turns out there is most likely value to the president’s claims. Saipov had minor run-ins with the law, years before he attacked Manhattan. Would a merit based program have picked up on this? Who knows, but it appears he had nothing to point to merit based credentials to bring him here in the first place.
KY3 in Kanas City, Missouri, points out his brushes with the law:
The New York City terror suspect has a lengthy criminal history including an arrest in Missouri.
The mugshot, which we’re seeing splashed on TVs and papers across the nation, was taken here in Missouri. Sayfullo Saipov was arrested in Saint Charles County last year.
Saipov, a truck driver, was fined for not maintaining his brakes, and arrested in 2016 for refusing to pay the fine. After posting a $200 bond, he left town and never returned for his court appearance.
There are many reports that Saipov subsequently passed a background check as an Uber driver. It looks like the Department of Immigration isn’t the only place needing reform.