Extreme vetting, anyone? Asylum-seekers need to be scrutinized carefully before being let into the U.S.
The father of the man accused of a spate of bombings in New York and New Jersey has denied all knowledge of the terror plot.
Ahmad Rahami was an ‘Americanized’ asylum seeker who moved to the United States aged seven with his family in 1995. A ‘class clown,’ he worked at his family’s chicken restaurant in Elizabeth, New Jersey from 2002 and loved to chat about fast cars.
But that all changed after he returned from a trip to his home country of Afghanistan. Friends told the Boston Herald he was transformed and came back ‘real religious’.
The 28-year-old was arrested Monday after a shoot-out with cops for planting a series of explosives that injured 29 people, police say.
Today, his father Mohammad Sr, 53, denied all knowledge of the plot…
…’At one point he[Ahmad Rahami] left to go to Afghanistan, and two years ago he came back, popped up out of nowhere and he was real religious,’ added Flee Jones, 27.
‘And it was shocking. I’m trying to understand what’s going on. I’ve never seen him like this.’
Jones told The New York Times that after returning Rahami became ‘a completely different person’ who was ‘closed off’ and started praying in the back of the family’s chicken restaurant.
One friend told CNN that Rahami’s father had wanted him to go back to Afghanistan to learn discipline.
Rahami made ‘multiple’ visits to Afghanistan and Pakistan CNN reported, although it’s not clear whether this was before or after his transformation.
He also married a Pakistani woman, CNN’s Situation Room reported…
…And a person who appeared to be related to Rahami and apparently shared his home posted pro-Islamist militancy images on Facebook, AOL reported.
The site said someone of the same name as Rahami posted an image of foreign fighters training in Syria along with a quote by Khalid Bin Walid, named in the Koran as a military commander and companion of the Prophet Muhammad.
The quote reads: ‘I bring the men who desire death as ardently as you desire life.’
Read more: Daily Mail
So, about that 110, 000 refugees Obama wants to bring in…