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Chain Migration Means Visa Lottery Brings in More People Than You Think

The Immigration Act of 1990 permanently established the Diversity Visa category. The program benefits individuals from nations that send relatively few immigrants to the United States. Eligibility is straightforward: One needs only a high-school education or two years of work experience in certain jobs to qualify. Millions of people apply every year for the 50,000 green cards distributed by lottery, which does not take age, skills, language ability, or connection to the United States into account.

Another Uzbek Visa Lottery Terrorist?

It's time to act

By now you know that on the afternoon of October 31, 2017, a 29-year-old Uzbek national identified as Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov "plowed into a crowd of bicyclists and pedestrians just blocks away from the World Trade Center." And you also know that the press has reported that he immigrated to the United States by winning the "visa lottery".

Uzbekistan and the Diversity Visa Lottery

As my colleague Andrew Arthur has noted, the terrorist truck driver who killed eight people in New York City yesterday, was a beneficiary of the Diversity Visa Lottery, according to this ABC-TV news account.

The driver, who was wounded and captured by police at the site, 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov, holds a green card that he secured in 2010.

Saipov was a native of Uzbekistan, a predominantly Muslim nation.

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