Nov 14, 2017
NEW YORK CITY, New York — The United States’ visa lottery has brought in nearly 30,000 foreign nationals from foreign countries designated by the State Department as state-sponsors of terrorism during the last decade.
Since 2007, 28,783 foreign nationals from Iran, Syria and Sudan — three countries which support international terrorism — have become legal immigrants into the United States through the visa lottery, according to new State Department data.
Under the lottery program, championed by former Sen. Ted Kennedy and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the U.S. randomly gives out 50,000 visas every year to foreign nationals from a multitude of countries, including those with known terrorism problems – such as Afghanistan, Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, Yemen, and Uzbekistan. Winners have undergone only minor screening from immigration officials, even when their ideology is hostile to Americans laws and culture.
The U.S. has brought in nearly 21,000 Iranian nationals, 2,732 Sudanese nationals and 812 Syrian nationals on the Visa Lottery — not counting subsequent chain-migration of additional unscreened people from those countries — even though all three countries are listed as state-sponsors of terrorism.
This article was posted: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 8:07 am