“I am, today, starting the process of terminating the diversity lottery program,” Trump said. “I am going to ask Congress to immediately initiate work to get rid of this program, diversity lottery, diversity lottery. Sounds nice, it is not nice, it is not good. It hasn’t been good and we have been against it. We’re going to quickly as possible get rid of chain migration and move to a merit-based system.”
The intent of the program was to bring in people with work experience. It was written into law in 1990 and went into effect in 1995. Under the program, 50,000 visas are awarded annually to applicants from parts of the world that are typically underrepresented in U.S. immigration.
At least eight people were killed and 11 injured after a motorist drove a rented pickup truck onto a bicycle path near the World Trade Center memorial in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday. Officials identified the suspect as Sayfullo Saipov, a native of Uzbekistan who came to the U.S. in 2010.
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