Visa Application Asks: ‘Do You Seek to Engage in Terrorist Activities While in the United States?’
– The application form that San Bernardino terrorist Tashfeen Malik would have used to apply for her visa to enter the United States asks such questions as, “Do you seek to engage in terrorist activities while in the United States or have you ever engaged in terrorist activities?”
“Are you a member or representative of a terrorist organization,” asks another question, to which the Pakistani citizen would have been required to check a “yes” or “no” box.
“Have you ever or do you intend to provide financial assistance or other support to terrorists or terrorist organizations?” asks a third, along with similar questions relating to espionage, human trafficking, money laundering, prostitution and other offenses.
According to the State Department Malik, who with her U.S.-born husband Syed Farook killed 14 people in last Tuesday’s attack at a social services center in San Bernardino, entered the U.S. in July 2014 on a K-1 fiancé(e) visa.
President Obama said in his Oval Office address on Sunday night that he has ordered a review into the visa program which had allowed Malik to enter the U.S.
(Obama mistakenly referred to “the visa waiver program,” but the White House corrected the transcript, striking through the word “waiver.” The visa waiver program applies to 38 specified countries – most of them in Europe, plus Australia, New Zealand, Chile, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Brunei and Singapore.)
State Department spokesman John Kirby said Tuesday that Secretary of State John Kerry wants the review to be done “as aggressively and openly and transparently as possible.”
“We take this very, very seriously,” he said. “Nothing is more important to Secretary Kerry than the safety and security of the American people and making sure that if there are improvements and changes we need to make in this or any other program in which people are entering this country on a permanent or semi-permanent basis, if there’s anything that we need to do to improve that, we’re going to do that.”
When Farook wanted to bring Malik to the U.S., he would have been required to submit a petition to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, a component of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
In his application form (I-129F) he would be asked about his own background, including questions on criminal offenses. He would not have had to answer questions on the form about his fiancée’s background beyond biographical data, but would have had
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