It’s been revealed that Sayfullo Saipov, the Uzbek national who allegedly launched yesterday’s deadly truck attack on a New York City bike path, entered the US through a program known as the “diversity lottery visa.” As noted at the link below, it allows 50,000 random foreign nationals a year to enter the US from a wide range of “under-represented” nations, some of them with serious terrorist issues and little to no vetting procedures. It’s been around for years, it’s been exploited by terrorists and criminals, and critics say it’s long outlived its usefulness, if it ever had any, and is a serious national security weakness. Yet President Trump’s efforts to do away with it have been greeted with the usual kneejerk howls of outrage from the left and the Republican establishment, accusing him of being racist, xenophobic and anti-immigrant.
And here’s a tragic irony: the diversity visa lottery program has been around for years, but it was put into a law in 1990 by then-Representative Chuck Schumer, currently President Trump’s leading Senate Democratic opponent on immigration enforcement, and the Senator from the very state that just got targeted for a terrorist attack by a beneficiary of the program.
To be fair, we shouldn’t blame Sen. Schumer for the actions of Saipov, since it could be argued that it was only because of sheer dumb luck that someone of ill intent used the program to infiltrate the US. On the other hand, one would hope that the people voters entrust with protecting national security and our personal safety might base their immigration policies on something a little more intelligent than “sheer dumb luck.”
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