President Trump told reporters on Wednesday that the Uzbekistan native that perpetrated the Halloween attack on New York City exploited the diversity visa lottery that let him in the country by bringing 23 other foreigners with him under the program.
“This man that came in – or whatever you want to call him – brought in, with him, other people,” Trump said. “He was the point of contact – the primary point of contact for, and this is preliminarily – 23 people that came in, or potentially came in with him. And that's not acceptable.”
Apparently, anyone coming into the United States on a diversity visa can act as a family member so others can follow. Trump blasted Sen. Chuck Schumer for his role in creating the lottery back in the 1990s and is now calling on Congress to banish the program from the books.
“We want a merit-based program where people come into our country based on merit and we want to get rid of chain migration… and I've been wanting to do it for a long time. And we'll be asking Congress to start working on it immediately,” Trump added.
Currently, the State Department hands out 50,000 visas under the program each year. The Trump administration would like that reduced to somewhere around... zero.
The Daily Mail had some recent statistics on the program:
In the government fiscal year ending September 2015, the most recent year for which statistics are available, the State Department received about 9.4 million applications for Diversity Immigrant Visas.
The applications included petitions for another 5 million spouses and children who would be admitted to the U.S. with lottery winners, for a total of 14.4 million potential visa recipients.
About 125,000 of them were lottery-selected, giving them the right to apply for immigrant visas – a number that the State Department cut off at 50,000 on a first-come, first-served basis.
Uzbekistan was the 8th-highest represented nation among the lottery winners that year.
THE TOP TEN:
Democratic Republic of the Congo: 4,943
Of course, Democrats tell us no one is exploiting immigration law, but with every terror attack unleashed by an “immigrant” to this country, they’re proven wrong.
“We need quick justice and we need strong justice – much quicker and much stronger than we have right now,” the president said. “Because what we have right now is a joke and it's a laughingstock. And no wonder so much of this stuff takes place.”