.The “Diversity VISA Program” is a lottery for individuals from nations with few immigrants in the United States. Calling terror suspect Sayfullo Saipov “an animal,” President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he will ask Congress to end the immigration lottery program, which he blamed for allowing Saipov to enter the United States.
“I am today starting the process of terminating the diversity lottery program,” Trump said at a Cabinet meeting. I’m going to ask Congress to immediately initiate work to get rid of this program, diversory [sic] and diversity lottery. Diversity lottery. Sounds nice, it’s not good. Not good. It hasn’t been good, and we’ve been against it.”
Officially known as the Diversity Visa Lottery, the green-card lottery was written into law in 1990 and went into effect in 1995. Under the program, approximately 50,000 visas are awarded annually to applicants from parts of the world that are typically underrepresented in U.S. immigration. The program is part of the Immigration and Nationality Act, signed in 1990 by Republican President George H.W. Bush after bipartisan support in Congress.
President Trump also called for an end to chain migration. Sayfullo Saipov reportedly brought in 23 people with him since 2010!
” This man who came in, or whatever you want to call him, brought in other people. And he was the point of contact, the primary point of contact, and this is preliminary, 23 people!”
Saipov is suspected of using a rented truck on Tuesday to kill eight people in lower Manhattan, an attack that authorities have described as an act of terror inspired by ISIS. Saipov was only in the US for 6+ years and already sponsored 23 others!
On Wednesday, Trump blamed political correctness for the continuation of the lottery.
“We have to get much tougher, we have to get much smarter, and we have to get much less politically correct,” he said. “We’re so politically correct that we’re afraid to do anything.”