We will 'step up' vetting of immigrants after NYC attack

A day after terror struck New York City, President Trump tweeted that he was ordering the Department of Homeland Security to "step up" the country's "already Extreme Vetting Program".

The federal government has broad powers to limit or suspend immigration in the name of national security, as it did following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Trump's reaction "is in keeping with his responses to other attacks" in which the perpetrator was alleged to have possible links with Islamic State, says Al Jazeera English.

Prior to his tweet surrounding the initiative, Trump attacked ISIS by stating that the USA should not open its borders to terrorism. Law enforcement is following this closely.

IS has been dealt a string of defeats across Iraq and Syria in recent months, with authorities anxious that fleeing foreign fighters might return home. Trump said on Twitter.

After Tuesday's deadly terror attack in Manhattan, US President Donald Trump instructed the Department of Homeland Security to step up the country's vetting program for immigrants. The March order suspended the travel of refugees into the United States during the 120-day review, noting that terrorist groups have attempted to infiltrate the country through USRAP.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasco responded to Tuesday's attack: "This was an act of terror, and a particularly cowardly act of terror aimed at innocent civilians, aimed at people going about their lives who had no idea what was about to hit them. Being politically correct is fine, but not for this!" he said. We must get MUCH tougher (and smarter).

A paintball gun and a pellet gun were found at the scene, police said.

Asked on Wednesday during his first on-camera appearance since the attack to explain "how the diversity program fit into (the alleged terrorist's) plot", Trump skipped past the nut of the question. "Enough!" he said in another tweet. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said it was important to learn more about incoming immigrants. What we have right now is a joke, and it's a laughing stock.

But she added: "At this point, again, I don't think that we want to go out and start having - and making rash decisions, while we're still in an open investigation".

  • Jon Douglas