When Tashfeen Malik applied for her visa to the U.S., she needed to show that she had met her husband, Sayed Farook, in person before a visa would be granted. Malik failed to do this, but it was approved anyway. Representative Bob Goodlatte, who recently reviewed Malik’s visa application, said that it was “sloppily approved.” Goodlatte is the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and he called the work done on this visa application by the immigration officials “unacceptable.”
The original documentation Malik provided didn’t show that the two were together in person and she was asked to send more information before her visa would be granted. Malik never sent anything else, yet that visa was approved anyway, according to MSN News on December 19.
What she originally submitted was a copy of her and her husband’s stamped passport supposedly showing that the two were in Saudi Arabia at the same time. The stamps and the partially illegible Arabic-language on that passport did not offer up any definite evidence that they did meet. Even if they were in the country at the same time that is not evidence that the two spent any time together at all. Fox News reports “Federal law requires foreigners applying for such a visa to meet the American fiancée at least once in person, but a Congressional Research Service contractor helping the committee says Malik’s passport cannot substantiate such a meeting.”
Malik’s passport puts her in Saudi Arabia sometime around June 4, 2013, but the date she left could not be determined due to the illegible Arabic writing. Farook entered the country on October 1, 2013 and he left Saudi Arabia sometime around October 20. Malik’s visa was valid for only 60 days. The immigration department requested Malik provide more evidence that the couple have met face to face before they would approve this visa, but she never did.
Still after this discrepancy and her failure to provide more evidence, she was allowed in America. The chain of events that followed that visa approval eventually led to an horrific event that tore a hole in the soul of this country.
The husband and wife team left carnage in their wake at a holiday office party and were killed during a shoot-out with police. Their 6-month-old baby girl was dropped off with family before they went on this killing spree and today she is an orphan with a horrific family history.
Private communications on social media reflected a “joint commitment to jihad and to martyrdom,” according to FBI director James Comey. MSN reports “Goodlatte called immigration officials’ work on Malik’s application “unacceptable” and has previously said that his committee is preparing to introduce a bill that would revamp visa security.”