Trump uses New York terror attack to call for restrictions on immigration and democratic rights
2 November 2017
President Trump has used Tuesday’s terror attack in New York City, in which the driver of a rental truck killed eight people and seriously injured a dozen more, to call for further attacks on immigration and democratic rights. At a press conference on Wednesday, he told the media that he had set in motion plans to eliminate the Diversity Lottery Program, under the auspices of which the driver, Sayfullo Saipov, entered the United States in 2010 from Uzbekistan. The program allows 50,000 immigrants from countries that have historically low rates of immigration to the US.
Trump also tweeted that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) should “step up our already Extreme Vetting Program,” apparently a reference either to the travel restrictions he has imposed on those seeking to enter the United States from six Muslim-majority countries or to vetting programs already conducted by the DHS.
Saipov was shot in the stomach by a New York City Police Department (NYPD) officer but survived and is currently in the Bellevue Hospital Center. Asked during the press conference if he would send Saipov to Guantanamo Bay military prison, where “enemy combatants”—those who were detained or kidnapped by US forces and have never been charged with a crime in the period since the Bush administration’s invasion of Afghanistan in 2001—have been sent, Trump replied, “Send him to Gitmo, I would certainly consider that, yes.”
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told the media that the Trump administration considers Saipov to be an enemy combatant: “The actions that he took certainly justify that,” she said. Right-wing Republicans…