Americans are still in shock following the terror attack in Manhattan in which eight were killed and eleven were injured. The tragedy has provoked a renewed conversation on the issue of immigration and vetting, particularly because the suspect is an Uzbek-born immigrant who entered the US thanks to the diversity visa lottery.
Adding his thoughts to the matter is James Drake, whose son, Darren, was among those killed by Sayfullo Habibullaevich Saipov. As seen at Fox News, Drake mourns the loss of his son, a “miracle baby” brought home as a newborn on Thanksgiving Day. The grieving father says that more stringent vetting measures should be put in place and that the killer should spend the rest of his life in solitary confinement.
Drake began by offering a moving profile of his son, who was 32 at the time of his death. Referring to the description of his son as a “miracle baby,” Drake said, “That really was a miracle because we tried for almost 12 years, you know, to have a baby, and then finally we had one pregnancy that didn’t work out.
“But then Darren was born. And his birthday was November 18. And it was just so beautiful that his mother and I came home from the hospital with him on Thanksgiving Day. You know, it doesn’t really get a lot more beautiful than that.”
The mourning father went on to describe Darren as the “perfect son,” a studious, hard-working young man who was a Boy Scout as a child and a football player in high school. Darren went to college on a scholarship, getting a degree from Rutgers University.
At the time of his death, Darren Drake was working for Moody’s Analytics, a prominent financial services research firm. He held a Masters Degree in Business Administration and was in the middle of pursuing a second Masters when he was killed by ISIS sycophant Sayfullo Saipov.
James Drake described what he and his wife went through following their son’s passing. “My wife and I had gone for a ride and we put on the radio. And we heard that there was an incident down by the World Trade Center where my son worked.
“And we just said ‘no, no no.’ It would have to be too coincidental that our son would be there at that precise time. And then, as the day went on and we didn’t hear from him … we just realized the longer the night went on he wasn’t coming home anymore,” he said.
Drake didn’t hold back about what he felt should happen to Saipov, or about what measures the government should take to keep these tragedies from occurring. “He should serve the rest of his life in solitary. That’s exactly the way I feel. Don’t let him get communication with anybody. You know, these people come to the country and they hurt us.
“I mean, what do they expect? Of course, there’s a war going on between America and, you know, ISIS and al Qaeda. Of course there’s a war going on. … I just think that vetting should be a lot more difficult to allow these people to come into the country. Especially a single man. I understand he was married, living in Paterson [New Jersey], but I think that when he came in, he came in as one person,” Mr. Drake said.
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As CNN reports, Saipov came to the US in 2010 from Uzbekistan under a diversity visa. He married a fellow Uzbek woman in 2013. Saipov was working as an Uber driver at the time of the terrorist act. Near the scene of the crime, police found a note by Saipov proclaiming support for ISIS.