‘Sloppily approved’: Tashfeen Malik Visa
Published: December 20, 2015
‘Sloppily approved’: Tashfeen Malik Visa, The US approved an entry visa for Tashfeen Malik, one of the couple who staged a deadly attack in San Bernardino, California, this month, even though she never provided the extra evidence requested by an immigration official, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte said on Saturday.
The official asked for documentation to validate that Malik had met her future husband, Syed Rizwan Farook, in person, said Mr Goodlatte, a Virginia Republican.
The pair’s attack on an office holiday party in San Bernardino killed 14 people and injured 21 others. It has emerged that Malik, born in Pakistan and raised in Saudi Arabia, and Farook, born in Illinois and raised in Southern California, had become radicalised at least two years ago, before their engagement.
A car is searched after fatal shooting left 14 people dead in San Bernardino, California.
It’s unclear from the information provided in the application for a visa – a statement by Farook, and copies of their passport stamps for Saudi Arabia – whether the two were in that country at the same time or met there, according to Mr Goodlatte.
“Visa security is critical to national security, and it’s unacceptable that US Citizenship and Immigration Services did not fully vet Malik’s application and instead sloppily approved her visa,” he said.
Shortly before the attack, a pledge of allegiance to Islamic State was posted on a Facebook page maintained by Malik, who entered the US on the fiancee, or K-1, visa in 2014. US President Barack Obama, who visited families of the San Bernardino victims at the weekend, has directed the State and Homeland Security departments to review the screening that preceded Malik’s visa.
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