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Trump Wants End To Diversity Visa Lottery

02 Noviembre 2017, 01:57 | Bibiana Flor

New York truck attack: Trump calls for end of green card lottery

Charles County Department of Corrections via KMOV shows Sayfullo Saipov

U.S. President Donald Trump Wednesday said the diversity visa lottery program, through which the New York City attacker allegedly gained U.S. residency, will be abolished. The 50,000 visas, distributed by random selection among countries where there is a low rate of immigration to the US, were originally designed to diversify the pool of immigrants to the US. "I want merit based", Trump tweeted early Wednesday.

The president's quick demand for more restrictive immigration policies - and his denunciation of existing programs favored by Democrats - follows a pattern of swift comments from him after attacks involving Muslims.

Mr Trump added: "We have to get much tougher, much smarter, and less politically correct".

The driver, who is in police custody, has been identified as Sayfullo Saipov, an immigrant from Uzbekistan who came to the U.S. legally in 2010. So Flake's claim that Schumer "did away" with the program is a little misleading - despite the senators' best efforts.

The president called for an end to the program in his tweet. In 2016, 45,664 diversity visas were issued.

The 1965 legislation focused on skilled workers and family sponsorship visas.

The diversity visa program provides up to 50,000 visas annually by lottery.

"We have to do what's right to protect our citizens", he told reporters.

People born in or who have a connection through a spouse or a parent from Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania, South America, Central America and the Caribbean can apply for the program.

What is the repeal bill endorsed by Jordan and Trump? They have called on all New Yorkers - and Americans - to come together.

Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said that by politicising the attack, the president played into the hands of terrorists. He also accused Democrats of being too soft on immigration.

"We have made more progress in the last nine months against ISIS than the Obama Administration has made in 8 years".

Overall, the president's budget called for an increase in Department of Homeland Security funding. These questions include criminal and security related topics. Again, there was no elaboration from the White House.

The agency said in the assessment that it's seen success with its mentoring and integration services as part of the program, but these are focused on school-aged immigrants and are specific to refugees and asylees.

Schumer shot back from the floor of the Senate, also wrapping his policy argument in a personal attack that smacked of blame.

The final bill passed the Senate 89-8 and the House 264-118.

The hosts later brought on guests, who heaped more criticism on the program, including former NYPD officer Dan Bongino, who was brought on shortly after 6:30 a.m.

Schumer sponsored a bill in 1990 that included the introduction of the lottery program. "Because what we have right now is a joke, and it's a laughingstock", he said.

The bill would have moved the diversity visas elsewhere in the system and introduced a merit system that took into account multiple factors like family and work skills. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said it was "probably not the best way to bring out the best in our country". He also advocated for reforms similar to the ones Trump advocates, going as far to propose its elimination during comprehensive immigration reform talks four years ago.

This iron rule of Washington politics was in full effect Wednesday: Never waste a crisis, even - or especially - if it's a deadly terror attack.



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