Following the terrorist attack in New York on Tuesday,in which an Uzbek immigrant to the U.S.,Mr Sayfullo Saipov rented a truck and used the said truck to knock down pedestrians,President Trump has lashed out at the diversity visa lottery program and has threatened to cancel it. The Uzbek immigrant came to the U.S. via the DV Lottery Program.
Speaking on CNN,he said “I am, today, starting the process of terminating the diversity lottery program,” Trump said, seated next to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. “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.”
He added: “We’re going to quickly as possible get rid of chain migration and move to a merit-based system.”
Trump added that based on preliminary information, the attacker in New York “was the point of contact, the primary point of contact for, and this is primarily, 23 people, that came in or potentially came in with him and that is not acceptable”.