Sayfullo Saipov, the 29-year-old Uzbekistan national who killed 8 and injured at least 11 others during a terror attack near the World Trade Center on Tuesday, came to the United States under the Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) Program in 2010, sources tell People’s Pundit Daily (PPD).
According to the State Department, the Obama Administration singled out Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to provide “a limited number” of visas for a class of immigrants known as “diversity immigrants.” DV visas are allegedly issued to those who come from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the U.S., regardless of risk to national security.
DVs are distributed among 6 geographic regions, essentially as a lottery, and registration costs are non-existent. Put plainly, it’s free to apply.
The only restriction is that no single country may receive more than 7% of the available DVs in any one year. Uzbekistan, which according to Pew Research Center is 96.7% Islamic, was removed from the list of eligible countries under the Trump Administration, though it still remains until 2019.
Worth noting, the State Department estimates 88% of Uzbeks are Muslims and 9% are Orthodox Christians. Still, other estimate indicate Sunni Islam is the dominant religion representing 93% of the population; 1% being Shia Muslims.
Sunni Islam is the dominant religion in Uzbekistan consisting 93% of the population of the country except for 1% of Shia Muslims mostly living on the territory of Bukhara and Samarkand.
Saipov drove a rented pickup truck from Home Depot through a crowded bike path for several blocks before finally crashing into a yellow school bus near Chambers and West Street, according to the New York City Police Department. He exited the truck shouting “Allahu Akbar” and waived around what authorities believed to be an airsoft or B.B. gun. He was shot twice by police, taken into custody and transported to the hospital where he survived his wounds.
While friends say he was living in New Jersey as recently as this summer working as an Uber driver, he had a Florida driver’s license and resided in Tampa. Kobiljon Matkarov, a friend who spoke with Fox News, said he met Saipov while the two were living in Florida and described him as “very friendly” and “very nice.”
“I know his good side. I know nothing of his bad side,” he said. “He was always happy. He liked the U.S. He loved this country. That’s why this is all very confusing.”
However, according to law enforcement sources, officials found handwritten notes and an unidentified symbol or picture of the Islamic State (ISIS) flag in the truck. The notes they found, written in Arabic, revealed that he had pledged his allegiance to the terror network.
President Donald Trump took to Twitter to slam political correctness and alert the country to the action he plans to take in the wake of the Islamic terrorist attack.
“I have just ordered Homeland Security to step up our already Extreme Vetting Program,” he tweeted. “Being politically correct is fine, but not for this!”
I have just ordered Homeland Security to step up our already Extreme Vetting Program. Being politically correct is fine, but not for this!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 1, 2017
The original State Department video explaining the Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) Program was conveniently removed from YouTube. The video below remains.
J.t. Cooper / October 31, 2017
Led by Chuck Shumer