She said it's also important to look at individuals once they enter the USA, and be aware of the associations and affiliations that they may have.
Within hours of the failed attack, President Donald Trump was condemning immigration that permits children and siblings of US citizens into the country as "incompatible with national security". "There was nothing particular about him personally that would have said to the United States, Hey, here's a guy that we would like to have come to the United States".
"The chain was initiated by the suspect's relative who became a U.S. Citizen after entering the country via a visa lottery program", a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security wrote on Twitter.
"Specifically, the president's policy has called for an end to chain migration", she said.
In both Monday's attempted bombing near Times Square and October's tragic truck attack, the perpetrators were foreign nationals from Middle Eastern countries who came to the United States thanks to the Diversity Visa Lottery, which the President wants to end.
In 2003, as Cissna noted, the State Department and other federal agencies warned that because of the low-eligibility requirements for foreign nationals seeking to win a Green Card, the Visa Lottery was susceptible to potential terrorists using the program as an avenue to enter the U.S.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the attack underscored the need for Congress to work with the president on immigration reforms that enhance the national security and public safety.
NYC Bomber a Beneficiary of Chain Migration and the Visa Lottery Program
But when pressed to explain the connection to terrorism from the White House podium on Tuesday, Director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services Lee Francis Cissna could cite olnly hypothetical risk. "It would change the way we select people".
Meanwhile, Saipov was himself a visa lottery recipient who immigrated from Uzbekistan in 2010.
-Hesham Mohamed Hedayet, an Egyptian national who opened fire at the counter of the Israeli carrier El Al at Los Angeles airport on Independence Day in 2002, killing two. "The child of a sibling of a USA citizen". After serving most of his 14-year jail sentence he was deported from the U.S.in 2015. Or is it time to rethink the diversity lottery program?
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"And any chain migration would certainly be a part of that process", Sanders added.
Patrick covered government and politics in South Africa and the Middle East before joining CNSNews.com in 1999. From October 2006 to July 2007, Patrick served as Managing Editor at the organization's world headquarters in Alexandria, Va.