There’s something sketchy about the entire series of events as to how San Bernardino terrorist Tashfeen Malik was able to garner a fiancee visa and enter the U.S. Nothing about this passes the proverbial “sniff test”.
Having read, and heard numerous testimonials, about how extensive the process is for mainly European immigrants to enter the U.S. under similar circumstances – it just appears this specific application was provided some kind of assistance to move it along so quickly with so many obvious holes in the information as provided.
Now, thanks to a congressional inquiry, we are able see the actual documents themselves; and within the information there’s even more questions, troubling questions.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, Republican-Virginia, who alleged over the past weekend that immigration officials “did not thoroughly vet” Malik’s application, publicly released their file on Tuesday. It is provided below in pdf format for your review.
( Via Fox News ) […] “In order to obtain a fiancée visa, it is required to demonstrate proof that the U.S. citizen and foreign national have met in person,” Goodlatte said in a statement. “However, Malik’s immigration file does not show sufficient evidence for this requirement.”
[Rep Goodlatte] said “what is worse” is that the U.S. officials reviewing the application apparently requested more evidence to demonstrate they’d actually met “but it was never provided and her visa was approved anyway.”
He appeared to be referring to a line in the file that said the applicant needed to provide an English translation for the passport stamps – a translation that did not appear in the file. The committee noted Malik’s Saudi Arabia visa was good for 60 days, saying that casts doubt on claims they were in Saudi Arabia at the same time.
“And even if Farook and Malik met in Saudi Arabia, there is insufficient evidence in the file for USCIS to have made that determination,” the committee said in a statement.
Asked about the file and about Goodlatte’s claims, USCIS spokesman Joseph R. Holstead defended the handling of the case. “Tashfeen Malik was subjected to numerous background checks at all stages that the agency handled her case, and those background checks did not reveal any derogatory information about Malik,” he said in a statement.
Holstead said “all required procedures were followed” in processing her file before it was referred to the U.S. Embassy. Further, he said the file in question had “sufficient evidence to establish that she intended to marry Syed Farook and that the two were together in Saudi Arabia before the fiancée petition was filed.”
The most detailed information on their relationship could be found in the two-paragraph statement from Farook. It said they met online and, after weeks of emailing, decided to meet in person. Farook said Malik was visiting her parents in Saudi Arabia in October 2013, at the same time he and his parents were performing the Hajj pilgrimage.
So, according to the statement, their families met at the house of one of Malik’s relatives in Mecca.
He said “it is on this day that we got engaged.”
Farook wrote that he was providing visa and passport page copies to demonstrate the visit.
Last week, congressional lawmakers grilled FBI Director James Comey and other administration officials on the visa vetting process. Asked if Malik actually had an interview for the K-1 visa process, Comey said such an interview is required, but he didn’t know if one occurred. (link)