Indicted 'ISIS Sniper' Entered America with 'Visa Lottery'
Alleged Islamic State jihadist obtained US citizenship to legally enter United States
An alleged ISIS sniper was able to legally obtain American citizenship and enter the United States by winning a free pass with the “Diversity Visa Lottery.”
The Department of Justice announced Thursday that accused Islamic State jihadist, 43-year-old Ruslan Maratovich Asainov, was indicted in federal court on five counts of conspiracy to provide material support to ISIS.
According to the DOJ, Asainov was involved in providing personnel, training, expert advice, assistance, and weapons to ISIS and ISIS fighters; as well as receiving military training from ISIS fighters.
Federal prosecutors say Asainov, a Kazakstan native, traveled to Istanbul, Turkey in December 2013 on route to Syria to fight for ISIS.
Once in Syria, Asainov is accused of joining ISIS to become a sniper for the terrorist organization.
After he joined ISIS, Asainov moved up the ranks within the terror group and was in charge of training newly-recruited ISIS fighters.
According to Breitbart, Asainov is also accused of trying to recruit other terrorist sympathizers living in the U.S. to travel to Syria to fight for ISIS.
Asainov’s traveling to Syria to allegedly snipe for ISIS came 14 years after he was first allowed to legally immigrate to the U.S. through the Diversity Visa Lottery program.
The "lottery" randomly gives out about 55,000 visas every year to foreign nationals from a multitude of countries, including those with known terrorist problems such as Afghanistan, Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, and Uzbekistan.
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Then, in September 2006, the federal government allowed Asainov to become a naturalized U.S. citizen.
Asainov now faces life in prison if convicted of the terrorism charges.
Since 2005, Breitbart News reported, more than half a million foreign nationals have come to the U.S. by randomly winning the Visa Lottery.
Bringing with them, a chain migration of five million foreign nationals since 1994, according to researchers at the Center for Immigration Studies.
Over the last half-decade between 2012 and 2016, 72,794 foreign nationals have come to the U.S. on the Visa Lottery.
Citizenship has been granted, under the program, to nationals from countries that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has designated as terrorist-sponsors.