Homeland Security says chain migration allows terrorism-related suspects in the U.S.



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The Department of Homeland Security said chain migration is the common element in the two cases are allegedly tied to terrorism activities, according to a statement Saturday.

In the statement on Twitter, Acting Press Secretary Tyler Houlton said DHS “can confirm that the suspect is involved in a terrorist attack in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and another suspect arrested on terror-related money laundering charges were both the beneficiaries of family-chain migration.”

BREAKING: My statement on the Immigration Backgrounds of the Recent Terror-Related Suspects:

— Tyler Q. Houlton (@SpoxDHS) December 24, 2017

Chain migration is when an immigrant gains legal entry into the U.S. through sponsorship by a family member who is already a legal resident or citizen. The Trumpet administration launched a campaign against the immigration system, in favor of a more merit-based structure, in favour of education and employment as potential factors.


The memo said Ahmed Aminamin El-Mofty, 51, who said was a naturalized AMERICAN citizen, admitted to the US. of Egypt on a family-based visa. El-Mofty went on a shooting spree Friday in Harrisburg, and was allegedly targeting police.

The shooter, two guns and a rifle fired at officers at multiple locations.

“He fired a few shots at a Capitol police officer and a Pennsylvania state police trooper in his marked vehicle,” Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico said. The state trooper was injured but is “good,” he said.

El-Mofty continued the soldier to a residential area and encountered the police, who eventually killed him, after he fired “lots of pictures” on them.

The statement also mentioned Zoobia Shahnaz, a naturalized AMERICAN citizen who imported from Pakistan, also on a family-based visa. Shahnaz was indicted on Dec. 14 after she allegedly laundered more than $85,000 through Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies abroad to the Islamic State.


The acquisition of money through fraudulently obtained credit card and a bank loan, Shahnaz crops the funds to the people in Pakistan, China and Turkey, and “planned to travel to Syria and join ISIS, federal officials said.

Shahnaz was charged in federal court with fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering and three counts of money laundering, according to the U. S. Attorney’s Office.

In the DHS statement Saturday, Houlton said: “These incidents highlight the Trumpet administration is concerned with a long chain migration.”

“Both chain migration and the diversity visa lottery program are abused by the terrorists to attack our country,” Houlton said. “Not only are the programs less effective in driving economic growth than merit-based immigration systems that are used by nearly all other countries, the programs make it more difficult to keep dangerous people from the United States and protect the safety of every American.”

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