Many citizens and people across social media want to know how the alleged Texas terrorist received a visa to enter the United States, despite reportedly serving 10-years in prison before.
According to a report from the BBC, Malik Faisal Akram had a criminal record in the UK. He had also moved from the active list to the "former subject of interest" list and was no longer considered a threat when he traveled to the United States.
Akram was also reportedly banned from a British court for ranting about the 9/11 attacks back in 2001, the Telegraph U.K. reported.
The publication also revealed that he suffered from severe mental health issues as per his brother's now deleted statement carried on the Blackburn Muslim Community's Facebook page.
This hostage situation reportedly lasted around 10/11-hours, where he demanded the release of fellow Muslim terrorist Aafia Siddiqui until the police and SWAT team had to take Akram down.
This has since led to people questioning how the United States granted Akram a visa to come to the United States, given his track record.
There was an alleged rumor that circulated, which said that the law enforcement officers assumed that the terrorist could have been Akram's brother and not him.
A Daily Mail report revealed that Akram had spent the week before the attack in a Christian homeless shelter and bought his gun 'off the street' nearby.
United Kingdom citizens can visit the U.S. as a tourist without any Visa screening required, and the same thing applies likewise to the U.S. when they travel to the U.K.
When you have a British passport, there is no issue as British citizens are under an American visa-waiver programme, the iVisa says.
This means that applying for a U.S. Visa can never be exhausting and demanding when you have a British passport.
That is also why it was too easy for Akram to gain entry into the U.S., as there was no way for an extreme assessment to be done.