In a written statement released on Monday, US President Donald Trump commented on the New York City explosion, saying that it demonstrates the need for tougher immigration laws. The suspect, 27-year-old Akayed Ullah, was arrested at the scene. According to US officials, Ullah said that he wanted to carry out an attack in response to Israel’s actions in Gaza.

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US President Donald Trump responded on Monday to the explosion in New York, which was the result of an apparent suicide bombing attempt. Trump said that the suspect in custody came to the United States on a family immigrant visa and added that this type of visa “is incompatible with national security.”

“America must fix its lax immigration system, which allows far too many dangerous, inadequately vetted people to access our country,” Trump said in a written statement. He then mentioned his executive order that targets travelers from a handful of predominately Muslim countries and called on Congress to “end chain migration.”

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stressed that if Trump’s immigration policy had been in effect in 2011, the bomber would have never been approved to immigrate to the US. “The President’s policy has called for an end to chain migration,” she explained during her daily press briefing. “And if that had been in place, that would have prevented this individual from coming to the United States.”


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The American authorities have confirmed that the suspect, 27-year-old Akayed Ullah, was wearing a homemade explosive belt. Three people were injured due to the explosion. Ullah was also harmed. They added that Ullah is originally from Bangladesh and that he had pledged allegiance to ISIS.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference that the explosion was “an attempted terrorist attack.” US officials added that Ullah said carried out the attack in response to Israel’s actions in Gaza.