Sunday, December 6, 2015
We continue to learn more about the people and the circumstances surrounding the fatal shootings last week in San Bernadino, California.
Julia Preston of the New York Times reports on what we know about the immigration status of Tashfeen Malik, the wife of Syed Farook, a U.S. citizen born in Illinois. The woman involved in the shootings reportedly passed through two rounds of criminal and national security background checks as she obtained a fiancé visa and later a resident green card to live in the United States. Those checks turned up no negative information about Malik. Malik pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in a Facebook post the day of the attack. Federal officials reportedly have been scouring her immigration record to see if there were any revealing details they might have missed. “There was nothing she presented that would have been flagged,” a federal official said, speaking anonymously to discuss a fast-moving investigation involving several federal agencies. But, he said, “We’re going back right now and double-checking and looking over everyone’s shoulder who was involved.”
Senators Ted Cruz and Jeff Sessions have demanded that the Obama administration produce the immigration records of Malik and Farook. Donald Trump has raised the possibility of eliminating the fiancé visa. Trump also doubled down on monitoring certain mosques in America. "We have to be vigilant. Now that includes with mosques and we better be smart."