Trump Blasts “Diversity Visa Lottery Program” After NYC Terror Attack
On Tuesday, the terrorist, Sayfullo Saipov, used a rental truck to try and mow down innocent victims on a bike path in New York City. Saipov entered the United States from Uzbekistan under a State Department program known as the Diversity Visa Lottery.
President Trump vowed Wednesday to scrap the federal immigration program known as the ‘Diversity Visa Lottery’ that allowed the NYC terrorist to enter the United States. Trump said “animals” like Saipov belongs in Guantanamo Bay.
Speaking just before a Cabinet meeting, Trump took a somber tone in the wake of the vicious attack that left eight dead and a dozen hurt. In addition to vowing to end the State Department’s Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, which is how suspect Sayfullo Saipov came into the United States in 2010 from Uzbekistan.Trump called for swift and harsh justice.
“We have to come up with a punishment that much worse than what these animals are getting now.” – President Trump
“We have to come up with a punishment that much worse than what these animals are getting now,” said Trump, who is asking Congress to end the diversity visa program.
Sending Saipov to the military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay would require, at a minimum, classifying him as an enemy combatant, something the White House said on Thursday they consider him to be.
“I believe we would consider this person to be an enemy combatant, yes,” Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, said during Wednesday’s briefing.
Trump took aim Wednesday at the diversity immigration program, as well as others that allow “chain migration,” in which immigrants can enter the country simply to be united with a relative already living here.
Saipov was among the maximum 50,000 people allowed into the U.S. every year under the State Department diversity visa program, which tilts toward “countries with historically low rates of immigration.”
The type of visa Saipov possessed could theoretically have allowed dozens of his family members into the U.S
“We will take all of the necessary steps to take care of our communities and our country has a whole,” Trump also said Wednesday. “What we have now is a joke and a laughingstock.”
The president instead wants foreigners allowed into the country only under merit-based programs.
We are fighting hard for Merit Based immigration, no more Democrat Lottery Systems. We must get MUCH tougher (and smarter). @foxandfriends
“We’re so politically correct, we’re afraid to do anything,” he said.
“Senator Chuck Schumer helping to import Europes problems” said Col.Tony Shaffer. We will stop this craziness!@foxandfriends
Trump lambasting the “Diversity Visa Lottery Program,” which he described as a “Chuck Schumer beauty.”
The “diversity visa lottery” was created to bring in Irish and Italian immigrants
The program Trump referred to, the “Diversity Visa Lottery Program” (officially called the Diversity Immigrant Visa, or DV, Program), awards visas to people from countries that tend to have historically low immigration rates to the United States.
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.
What about Schumer? The Washington Post explains that the diversity program did come out of a bill that Schumer introduced in 1990, which eventually wrapped into the larger immigration act signed that year.
The program is limited to 50,000 visas each year. While Irish immigrants were prioritized early on, in recent years, the majority of its recipients arrive from Africa and Eastern Europe. According to the State Department, no particular country will get more than 7 percent of available diversity visas each year.
According to the government site:
The Diversity Visa Lottery, more commonly known as the Green Card Lottery, is a chance for anyone from qualifying countries to get their green card. The DV lottery is designed to ensure diversity in US immigration, so only individuals from countries underrepresented in US immigration are usually allowed to apply.
If you qualify, the DV lottery you receive a green card which gives you all the benefits of permanent residency in the US.
How insane is THAT?!