As the Trump administration presses the notion that recent terrorist attacks justify significant changes in the legal immigration system, critics say the facts of those attacks undercut their own argument. "In the years since 9/11, multiple diversity visa immigrants have perpetrated or been convicted of terrorism-related acts in the United States", he continued.
Winners of the Visa Lottery program can go on to sponsor family members to come to the United States, resulting in chain migration, which could lead to large numbers of the winners' foreign relatives resettling in the United States. "Not luck or lotteries", Cissna wrote. "Today's terror suspect entered our country through extended-family chain migration, which is incompatible with national security", Trump stated.
Meanwhile, condemning the attack, Trump called on Congress to enact legislative reforms to protect the American people.
But when pressed to explain the connection to terrorism from the White House podium on Tuesday, Director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services Lee Francis Cissna could cite olnly hypothetical risk.
Dhingra says that immigrants can bring their extended family to the USA to help get small businesses off the ground, providing them with jobs while saving on labor expenses. After five years, a lottery victor is eligible to become US citizen, enabling them to then sponsor an even wider range of distant relatives.
Despite the national controversy surrounding immigration, President Trump's stance on immigration remains extremely popular with conservatives. The president, along with some congressional Republicans, have called for the repeal of that program. Although diversity lottery winners are chosen at random and family-based migrants are allowed in based on their relatives, all of them must pass eligibility checks by the USA and be interviewed before they can receive visas. "The awful harm that this flawed system inflicts on America's security and economy has always been clear". Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a statement in complete agreement, adding that chain migration and the diversity lottery (which the White House blamed for the last NY terror attack, the rental auto steered into a bike path by an Uzbek immigrant, killing eight) would turn away not only terrorists but "gang members, fraudsters, drunk drivers, and child abusers".
FAIR urges its members to contact their members of Congress and urge them to end chain migration and eliminate the visa lottery.