Pressure mounts to toughen US anti-terror visa process

Following a revelation of documentation that may have enabled the State Department to discover the terrorist background of Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik' in 2013, pressure is being applied to the State Department's Consular Branch in an effort to toughen visa issuing procedures. 

Malik received a K-1 style 'fiancee visa' garnering her entry into the country in 2013, and in recent days, it has come to light that the form she had submitted claiming that she met Farook in Mecca, may have been able to point to her militant Islamist background, and should have prevented her receiving the visa. 

The couple  perpetrated the December 2nd terror massacre that killed 14 people at the local health department at the Inland Regional Center.

According to Reuters, Visa officials had conducted all of the necessary background checks of Pakistani born Malik before she was issued the visa as required.

The fallout from the incident will likely lead to a toughening of the regulations on issuing visas, in an effort to spot potential threats to homeland security before they are allowed entrance into the country.

In a related story, AP reported that a grand jury charged a neighbor of Farook and Malik with ‘conspiring to provide material support to terrorists’. Enrique Marquesz, aged 24 was indicted on Wednesday. He is alleged with helping Farook carry out the terror attack. 

Marquez was brought up on a number of charges including entering into a false marriage with a member of Syed Rizwan Farook’s extended family members, as well as supporting a terror attack in 2011 and 2012 that was never carried out.

In addition to the indictment a criminal complaint was filed earlier this month which was eventually superseded by this ruling.  


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