The Diversity Visa Program uses a lottery to bring into the country people who otherwise would never get here.
The terrorist truck driver who killed people in Manhattan came to the U.S. through the Diversity Visa Program.
The terrorist came into our country through what is called the "Diversity Visa Lottery Program," a Chuck Schumer beauty. I want merit based.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 1, 2017
Donald Trump is right. The program is insane. It goes out and recruits people in other countries to move here who would sometimes never get to the United States any other way. They are not chosen because they have skills or anything else we need. They are chosen at random because they come from countries who don’t send us many other immigrants.
According to NBC News, the only education requirement is that the immigrant have “completed high school or ‘two years of work experience within the past five years in an occupation that requires at least two years of training or experience to perform,’ according to the State Department.”
CNN reports, “What is the diversity visa lottery?”
The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program awards up to 50,000 individuals per year a visa for a green card, which bestows permanent residency in the US and is a path to citizenship.
Opponents of immigration complain that the program brings people to the US to compete for jobs, and even supporters of immigration acknowledge the program does not tailor applicants to needs in the US.
They have to acknowledge it because that’s the whole point of the program!
Visas are awarded by random selection in select countries to promote immigration from places that don’t otherwise send many immigrants to the US.
Roughly 1 million green cards are issued by the US per year. In 2016, 45,664 diversity visas were issued. The vast majority of green cards are based on family connections, and other categories include employment-based visas and refugees or asylees.
Individuals in countries that are determined by a formula to have a low enough level of immigration to the US can apply for the visas at certain times each year.
Here’s Chuck Schumer defending the Diversity Visa Program in 2006:
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