Speaking from the White House Wednesday morning, President Trump vowed to end the Diversity Lottery Program, which is run through the State Department.
“I am today starting the process of terminating the Diversity Lottery Program. I’m going to ask Congress to immediately initiate or get rid of this program,” Trump said. “‘Diversity lottery.’ Sounds nice. It’s not nice. It’s not good. It hasn’t been good.”
“We will take all necessary steps to protect our people,” he continued. “We’re going to get rid of this lottery program as soon as possible.”
The announcement comes after it was revealed the ISIS terrorist who mowed down pedestrians and bikers in New York City Tuesday afternoon, killing eight, came to the United States in 2010 through the program from Uzbekistan. Federal authorities interviewed him in 2015 on suspicions of terrorism.
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