During a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, President Donald Trump said he's committed to ending chain migration and the diversity visa lottery program.
Chain migration is when an immigrant gains legal entry into the U.S. via sponsorship by a family member who’s already a legal resident or citizen. The visa lottery program issues up to 50,000 green cards a year to people from countries with low rates of immigration to the U.S.
Trump pointed out that the suspect behind the deadly New York City truck attack, Sayfullo Saipov, came to the U.S. through the lottery program. And Akayed Ullah, a Bangladeshi national who attempted to detonate a bomb near New York City's Port Authority Bus Terminal, came to the U.S. through chain migration after his aunt was selected through the lottery program.
"We don't want this group of people anymore," Trump said. "When we take people in a lottery, they're not putting their best people in the lottery. It's common sense."
He said in many cases, the U.S. actually gets other countries' "worst people."
"So that's not going to be happening anymore. We're gonna end it," Trump said.
He noted that Saipov may have brought as many as 24 people to the U.S. directly or indirectly through chain migration.
"Aunts, uncles, cousins, grandfathers, grandmothers, and they come in because one guy gets in. Then you bring the whole family," Trump said.
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