Ending the Diversity Visa Lottery? - Texas Scorecard

The Islamic terrorist responsible for the deadly truck attack in New York City this week had gained entry to the United States through the “Diversity Visa Lottery” program.

Created by the late US Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA), the program distributes visas to 50,000 people a year from countries that lower immigration rates to the US than others. The terrorist, Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, entered the US on the program in 2010.

President Trump this week called for the abolition of the program. Several members of Texas’ delegation have echoed that call, including US Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Austin) who chairs the Homeland Security Committee.

“I’ve always been against it because it’s a random system to bring people into the United States,” McCaul told the Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends. He said he wants to replace it with a merit-based system. US. Sen. John Cornyn echoed those sentiments.

Since 2013, US Sen. Ted Cruz has called for the program to be eliminated.

Other Texans in Congress have spoken out about the program:

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