President Barack Obama has asked the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the State Department to review the K-1 fiancé visa program that was used by a couple responsible for a mass shooting in California, a White House official said on Sunday.
The FBI continues to investigate the motives behind the massacre Wednesday of 14 people by Tashfeen Malik, 29, a Pakistan native who came to the United States from Saudi Arabia on a K-1 visa to marry her American-born husband Syed Rizwan Farook, 28.
The visa permits foreign citizens to enter the country to marry Americans. In 2014, almost 36,000 K-1 visas were issued, according to State Department statistics.
Malik is believed to have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State militant group on Facebook around the time of the attack. Obama called the shooting “an act of terrorism” and the shooting has renewed American fears about attacks from extremists.
In a televised address, Obama said he had ordered a review of the “visa waiver program” used by Malik to enter the United States. But a White House official confirmed Obama misspoke, meaning to say “visa program.”
The U.S. government separately is making a series of changes to its visa waiver program to screen travelers more closely from 38 countries who can enter the United States without visas. The measures were prompted by Nov. 13 attacks in Paris by Islamic State militants.
(Reporting by Roberta Rampton and Jeff Mason; Editing by Peter Cooney and Mary Milliken)
White House turmoil as Trump aides Mnuchin and Navarro get in ‘knockdown, drag-out’ yelling match: report
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One spectator described it as “knockdown, drag-out” brawl.
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According to Blackwell, "One of President Trump's go-to lies is his role in passing Veterans Choice. You saw it at the end of the news conference when he walked away. Well that was when he was faced with a question why he said that he passed Choice and Accountability for the V.A."
Nagasaki marks 75 years since atomic bombing
The Japanese city of Nagasaki on Sunday commemorated the 75th anniversary of its destruction by a US atomic bomb, with its mayor and the head of the United Nations warning against a nuclear arms race.
Nagasaki was flattened in an atomic inferno three days after Hiroshima -- twin nuclear attacks that rang in the nuclear age and gave Japan the bleak distinction of being the only country to be struck by atomic weapons.
Survivors, their relatives and a handful of foreign dignitaries attended a remembrance ceremony in Nagasaki where they called for world peace.
Participants offered a silent prayer at 11:02 am (0202 GMT), the time the second and last nuclear weapon used in wartime was dropped over the city.