By Gary McIntyre
The Obama Administration was seemingly better at releasing criminals than throwing them in prison.
And evidence is mounting that a bungled investigation allowed “Halloween Killer” Sayfullo Saipov to pull off a deadly terror attack in New York City this week.
Supov plowed a rented truck into a crowd of pedestrians on Tuesday, killing eight and injuring many more. The terrorist coward, who was in America legally as a permanent resident, claims he was inspired by ISIS.
And while federal officials want us to believe that the attack came out of the blue… with no warning… it looks like that simply isn’t true.
As first reported by the New York Post, Department of Homeland Security agents actually interviewed Saipov in 2015 – two years before his attacks – over his suspected ties to terrorists.
Saipov was actually listed as a U.S. point of contact for two men who were included in a federal anti-terrorism database. And he’s apparently connected to known terrorists on social media.
The DHS let Saipov go, believing they didn’t have enough to open a case.
That’s outrageous enough… but why on Earth didn’t they continue to keep tabs on him?
The New York City attacks are shaping up to be a major intelligence failure.
Even worse, it’s currently unclear whether Saipov may have been part of a larger cell, and may have helped other terrorists enter America.
Saipov apparently helped 23 other foreign nationals emigrate to America by sponsoring them through a process known as “chain migration.”
President Donald Trump is now promising to end chain migration and transition America to a “merit-based” immigration system.
But many people who want to harm America may have entered the country already under the current process.
The New York City attacks may finally give Trump the ammunition he needs to push serious immigration reform through Congress.
Let’s hope both parties have gotten the message that continued inaction is putting American lives at risk.