Trump cancels “Diversity Visa Lottery Program” after NYC terror attack


United States President Donald Trump has on Friday announced the end of the “Diversity Visa Lottery Program”.

Trump made this announcement after blaming the program on the New York City attack. Congress is yet to confirm the cancellation of the program that has seen millions of people migrate to the US as permanent residents.

The president had earlier on said the program (and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer) are partially responsible for the attack that killed eight people in Lower Manhattan Tuesday.

President Donald Trump once used the 2015 attack in San Bernardino, California, to argue for a ban on Muslim entry to the US.

Police say Sayfullo Saipov, the 29-year-old suspect, plowed a rented pickup truck into pedestrians and cyclists on a busy bike path Tuesday afternoon. Initially, Trump blamed the attack on “a very sick and deranged person,” offered his “condolences and prayers,” and tweeted vaguely about ordering “Homeland Security to step up our already Extreme Vetting Program.” (It wasn’t clear, exactly, what he actually meant — and the White House hasn’t followed up.)

But Wednesday morning — apparently inspired by Fox & Friends — the president went on the offensive, lambasting the “Diversity Visa Lottery Program,” which he described as a “Chuck Schumer beauty.” Trump claimed that the suspect, who came to the United States from Uzbekistan legally in 2010, entered the country through this particular program.

If congress takes sides with Trump, the ongoing DV-2019 would be cancelled and there would be no more DV-Lottery openings.