Washington, D.C. – This morning, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) appeared on America’s Newsroom on Fox News to discuss the diversity visa lottery and the terrorist attack in New York City. Sayfullo Saipov, an immigrant from Uzbekistan who came to the United States in 2010 through the Diversity Visa Program, plowed a rental truck into people using a bicycle path near One World Trade Center on Halloween, killing eight and injuring another 11 people. Under the visa lottery, each successful applicant is chosen at random and given the status of permanent resident based on pure luck, a policy that is foolish in the age in which we live.
“It makes no sense as a program. Here we are admitting 55,000 people a year into this country—not based upon job skills that are needed in the country. Not even based upon family they have in the country, but based on pure luck.”
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