President Trump Asks Congress to Terminate 'Diversity Lottery' Program
President Trump announced Wednesday that he will ask Congress to scrap the 1990s Diversity Immigrant Visa program, through which the New York City terrorist entered the U.S.
Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, 29, yelled "Allahu Akbar" and ran a truck into bikers and pedestrians on Tuesday afternoon near lower Manhattan's West Side Highway, killing 8 and injuring at least 11.
The visa program, also known as "diversity lottery" was spearheaded by Sen. Chuck Schumer, whom Trump blasted on Twitter earlier today for his role in it.
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
"Diversity lottery. It sounds nice. It's not nice," the president said to reporters at the White House.
Trump added that he would "certainly consider" sending such terrorists to Gitmo.
He also reiterated that he is in favor of a "merit-based program" for visa approval.
"We're so politically correct that we're afraid to do anything," he stated, adding that chain migration reform bills are being stopped by Democrats because they are "obstructionists."
"Honestly, they don't want to do what's right for our country."
Trump added that punishments for terrorists must be harsher than "these animals" get now.
"We need quick justice," he said. "What we have right now is a joke and a laughingstock."
The president informed that the investigation into the attack is still ongoing, and updates will continue to be provided.