Officials Struggle to Answer: How'd Female CA Terrorist Obtain a Visa?
Despite reportedly providing a fake Pakistan address and once attending an Islamic school known for its hateful, anti-Western teachings, Tashfeen Malik was allowed entry into the United States.
Malik was granted a K-1 visa, or “fiancée visa,” to join her husband, Syed Farook, in the U.S. in July 2014.
The two then carried out the worst terror attack on U.S. soil at a San Bernardino, California, office building, killing 14 people last week.
On Capitol Hill yesterday, lawmakers were anxious to find out from Obama administration officials how Malik got through.
William La Jeunesse reported on those important questions this morning on "America's Newsroom."
The administration has maintained that its immigration screening process is rigorous, so lawmakers asked FBI Director James Comey what happened in Malik's case.
Comey said he didn't know yet whether Malik was interviewed during the K-1 process. An immigration official told House lawmakers that applicants are not interviewed unless there is an "issue that needs to be explored," including derogatory information about the individual or questionable information on the application.
La Jeunesse said that a State Department official appeared to contradict those statements in a separate Senate hearing.
Edward Ramotowski, deputy assistant secretary for visa services, said in Malik's case "all applicable security checks were done," including an interview.
He said that also included facial recognition screening, biometric fingerprint checks, and multiple security screenings, all of which "found no indications of any ill intent."
Watch William's full report above.