Trump Determined To End Diversity Immigrant Visas Program


President Donald Trump has called on Congress to abolish the Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) Program, through which the suspect in last week’s New York terror attack entered the country. He called the program, informally known as the Green Card lottery, a disaster for the country.

“This program grants visas not on a basis of merit, but simply because applicants are randomly selected in an annual lottery and the people put in that lottery are not that country’s finest.”

The president added that “the program presents significant vulnerabilities to our national security.”

“The idea that someone could just enter a lottery and in effect draw a U.S. citizenship out of a hat is not my idea of a good program.” Washington immigration lawyer Kenneth Rinzler agrees, but he says the problem is not vetting.

“It’s not legitimate to use the recent terrorist attack to knock this program because they have to go through the same vetting as everybody else,” he says referring to the process the U.S. government uses to clear each applicant for immigration in the United States.

Rinzler believes that there are concerns about all green card vetting; therefore it makes no sense to single out diversity visas.