(RepublicanDaily.org) – The state of Texas narrowly avoided tragedy last weekend as a hostage situation at a synagogue ultimately concluded without the loss of innocent lives. British national Malik Faisal Akram (44) took 4 hostages at the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue in Colleyville in an armed standoff that lasted around 10 hours. Now, questions are arising around how he managed to enter the country.
On Tuesday, January 18, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters US intelligence agencies ran background checks on Akram before he came to the US. However, they couldn’t find incriminating information that would’ve justified grounds for keeping him out. This is despite the fact UK authorities knew Akram potentially had links to jihadist activity in Britain.
Even Akram’s brother was reportedly surprised the terrorist was allowed into the US on a tourist visa without encountering any challenges at JFK Airport.
How'd he get in? Colleyville synagogue attacker wasn’t on US no-fly list despite Britain’s MI5 terror suspicions, White House says. @toddgillman has the story of how Malik Faisal Akram's entry raised no red flags. #ColleyvilleSynagogue #Colleyville #MI5 https://t.co/wO6dMwrHMy
— John Gravois (@Grav1) January 18, 2022
Part of the reason for this may be the fact President Joe Biden did away with some Trump-era requirements for immigrants to undergo stringent security checks by intelligence agencies prior to entering the country.
After this incident, will the Biden administration change its attitude to managing threats coming across our borders?
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