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30K visas have been issued to terror-States in the last ten years
Former CIA station-chief Daniel Hoffman weighs in on the new exam before the program after the New York terrorist attack.
At least five foreign nationals with alleged ties to terror, based in the USA on the same visa-lottery-program that allows NYC terror suspect Sayfullo Saipov, in the country, the Trump administration said Tuesday.
Saipov, the ISIS sympathizer, committed, allegedly, the Halloween terror attack in Lower Manhattan that left eight dead and 11 injured, entered the United States from Uzbekistan in 2010, the visa lottery program.
The visa “lottery”, also known as the Diversity Visa-Waiver program, grants up to 50,000 immigrant visas annually, “drawn from random selection among all entries to persons from countries with low rates of immigration” in the United States, according to U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services.
“Merit-based system, by definition, would be safer than a lottery or an extended family-based immigration.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions
The random selection, according to the State Department, is request by a computer-generated drawing for foreign nationals with a permanent residence permit or a green card in the United States each year.
The Trump administration has identified several other terror suspects were randomly selected, which settle through the visa lottery, in order to permanently in the United States
30,000 VISAS WERE ISSUED TO PEOPLE FROM TERROR-SPONSORING COUNTRIES SINCE 2007: STATE DEPARTMENT
Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev Harvest
According to a statement from the Ministry of justice, on Oct. 27, just a few days before Saipov attack in New York City and other Uzbek national and a visa lottery winner, Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev was sentenced to 15 years in prison after he will grant a plea of guilty to conspiracy to provide material support to the Islamic state.
Saipov entered the United States through the controversial program
Other visa-lottery-winner, Syed Haris Ahmed, a Pakistani national, was convicted of terrorism activities in the USA and abroad in 2009.
President Trump has been vocal in its criticism of the program, and was called for its elimination, together with the termination of chain migration, what happens when immigrants enter the country, to simply be reunited with a relative already living in the United States
Hesham Mohamed Ali Hedayet
In the summer of 2002, Egyptian national Hesham Mohamed Ali Hedayet opened fire on the El Al Airlines ticket counter at Los Angeles International airport and the murder of two ticket agents and wounded three others. Hedayet, at the time, lived in the USA for 10 years, but was only able to say, “lawful permanent resident” status, if his wife happened to be selected as a Visa lottery winner in 1997, after the trump administration.
Also in the summer of 2002, Imran, Pakistani national Mandhai known to conspire guilty to bomb the National Guard Armory and electricity substation in the vicinity of Miami, Florida. Mandhai entered the United States as a result of his parents random selection for permanent legal status after winning the visa lottery program.
Mousa Mohammed Abu Marzook
The Trump management also drew attention to a case in 1997, Mousa Mohammed Abu Marzook, a U.S.-based Hamas leader who was deported for terrorist activities. After the trump management, Marzook get a Green Card through the program, which is already before the adoption of the Diversity Visa-Waiver program.
The program was created as part of a bill introduced in 1990 by the Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, a member of the house. Schumer, the measure, a certain number of visas available to “diversity immigrants” from certain countries, in a bigger house immigration bill, which was sponsored by Schumer and 31 others, including several Republicans.
The law was ultimately passed in a bipartisan vote, and was signed by President George H. W. Bush.
Critics give blame Schumer for the program that randomly selects people to the USA
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According to the State Department, in 2004, the Agency’s deputy inspector general warned that the program contained “significant threats to national security as hostile intelligence officers, criminals and terrorists are trying to use it”, in the United States
More than a decade later, state attorney General Jeff Sessions, the same warning.
“Merit-based system, by definition, would be safer than a lottery or an extended family-based immigration,” sessions said in a speech in New York City earlier this month, says: “we do not use the random chance in college admissions, and we don’t roll the dice, hire people,” and called for a “rational” system.
Even Congressional Republicans, including those who have not usually be in step with the President, rallied around his call for “extreme tested” and the abolition or reform of the program in the Wake of the New York terrorist attacks.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S. C., said the attack underscores the need for a “merit-based immigration”, and said: “it makes no sense” to hand out visas and green cards in a random way.
Other Republican lawmakers also called for political reforms, including Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who said the program should be scrapped and replaced with a merit-based immigration system, in a rare moment of agreement between Trump and the senator.
And Sens. David Perdue, R-Ga., and Tom cotton, R-Ark., proposed elimination of the Diversity Visa Lottery program as a part of the increase in Trade.
“While the Senate of the Democrats supported originally, the Diversity Visa Lottery in 1990, many have legislation that would have eliminated it in the years since,” Perdue said in a statement. “I hope that we in this area of the common can ground as we fix our broken immigration system and strengthen our national security.”
The Trump White house came out in support of the bill, calling the DV program “outdated,” added questionable that it “serves, economic and humanitarian interests.”
Brooke Singman is a political Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter at @Brooke FoxNews.