By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Tuesday, an immigrant from Uzbekistan, who had sworn loyalty to ISIS, rented a truck from Home Depot and used it to run over pedestrians in a park in New York City’s lower Manhattan.
Eight people are dead, including several Argentinians, and another eleven have serious injuries. The terrorist, Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, was shot twice and apprehended by New York City Police Officer Ryan Nash and is now in the hospital recovering from gunshot wounds. Americans across the country reacted to the latest terror attack with shock and sorrow.
“My thoughts and prayers go out to all of those affected by the tragic attack in NYC. We are grateful for the first responders and the law enforcement working to uncover more details,” U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., said on social media.
“The reports coming out of New York City are both heartbreaking and terrifying. As details continue to unfold, I will be praying for all those impacted by this senseless tragedy,” U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, said on social media.
U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Montrose, said that he was, “Deeply troubled by the reports out of New York City this afternoon. As we await more details, please join me in praying for those wounded and the families who lost loved ones.”
“Yesterday’s tragic terrorist attack in New York City, carried out by an immigrant from Uzbekistan who pledges allegiance to ISIS, is a reminder that immigration policy directly impacts our national security. We cannot afford to allow political correctness to dictate our immigration policies anymore. Congress should immediately pass the RAISE Act,” U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore said.
“Congress should also use every means necessary to counteract activist judges who oppose President Trump and who tie the hands of our law enforcement working to keep America safe,” Moore added. “My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims of yesterday’s attack in New York City. May God’s peace be with them.”
“No amount of political correctness from Democrats and the liberal media elite will stop violent Islamic terrorists from trying to kill us. The attack in New York City yesterday is evidence that everything President Trump is advocating for is exactly right and needed. We must have extreme vetting. We must reform our broken immigration system especially by getting rid of the visa lottery program and chain immigration. And we must secure our borders and that starts with building the wall. Words and feelings won’t keep us safe. Actions will,” Congressman Mike Rogers, R-Saks, said in a statement after the terrorist attack.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of yesterday’s terrorist attack in New York City and their families. My Administration will provide its full support to the New York City Police Department, including through a joint investigation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. We offer our thanks to the first responders who stopped the suspect and rendered immediate aid to the victims of this cowardly attack. These brave men and women embody the true American spirit of resilience and courage. I will continue to follow developments closely,” President Donald Trump said in a statement.
Saipov entered this country on a diversity visa. Trump has proposed abolishing diversity visas in response to this latest ISIS-inspired attack.
(Original reporting by Fox News and CNN contributed to this report.)