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Congressman Dan Donovan

Representing the 11th District of New York


Statement from Congressman Dan Donovan on Ending the Diversity Visa Program

November 1, 2017
Press Release

The alleged culprit in yesterday’s terror attack, Sayfullo Saipov, entered the United States in 2010 through the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program. According to the State Department, the lottery allocates visas through random selection to people from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States.

“Our immigration system is broken beyond repair and requires a complete overhaul. Exhibit A in this mess is the so-called green card lottery. Our country should embrace a merit-based visa program to accept the best and brightest – ambitious and intelligent people who want to create jobs and open new, innovative companies. Instead, we have a crazy lottery system that selects immigrants like a game of Bingo. As a matter of safety, security, and basic common sense, this has to end.”

-- Congressman Dan Donovan chairs the House Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications. He also serves on the House Committee on Homeland Security and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.