Update: Fox News has now confirmed Saipov is a Diversity Visa recipient, which gave him legal permanent resident status in March 2010.
In addition to pledging allegiance to ISIS, suspected New York City terrorist Sayfullo Saipov is also in the United States illegally as a visa overstay, according to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) official familiar with the matter.
According to ABC News, Saipov is originally from Uzbekistan, and he first arrived in the United States seven years ago after winning the State Department’s “Diversity Visa Program.” GotNews has since learned from an ICE source that Saipov overstayed his visa, and therefore was in the country illegally.
Saipov reportedly yelled “Allahu Akbar” after using a rented Home Depot truck to mow down bicyclists and pedestrians just a few blocks from the World Trade Center. The attack left eight dead and 11 wounded with non-life-threatening injuries.
The Diversity Visa Program has long been replete with fraud; the US House of Representatives even voted overwhelmingly to abolish the program in 2005. The legislation later died in the Senate without a vote.
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