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NYC Terror Suspect Entered US Under Chuck Schumer Diversity Lottery Bill

The first terrorist attack in New York City since 9/11 killed eight and injured others in downtown Manhattan.

The terror suspect, Sayfullo Saipov, is accused of using a rented pickup truck from Home Depot to run over pedestrians on a bike path.

Originally from Uzbekistan, Saipov came to the U.S. under the Diversity Visa Program – a lottery system for immigrants.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is attributed with the idea of creating a lottery system for immigrants in 1990.

President Trump was quick to point out Schumer’s role in creating the diversity lottery for immigrants in a Tweet.

The Hill reports:

President Trump ripped an immigration program, and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) role in the measure a day after the deadly terror attack in New York City.

“The terrorist came into our country through what is called the “Diversity Visa Lottery Program,” a Chuck Schumer beauty. I want merit based,” the president said.

President Trump wants to end the diversity lottery system and backed a bill that would eliminate the program.

The Washington Post reports:

Trump appeared with Republican Sens. Tom Cotton (Ark.) and David Perdue (Ga.) at the White House to unveil a modified version of a bill the senators first introduced in February to create a “merit-based” immigration system that would put a greater emphasis on the job skills of foreigners over their ties to family in the United States.

The legislation seeks to reduce the annual distribution of green cards awarding permanent legal residence to just over 500,000 from more than 1 million. Trump promised on the campaign trail to take a harder line on immigration, arguing that the growth in new arrivals had harmed job opportunities for American workers.

The Washington Post adds:

The bill would create a point system based on factors such as English ability, education levels and job skills to rank applicants for the 140,000 employment-based green cards distributed annually.

In addition, the senators propose to cap annual refugee admissions at 50,000 and to end a visa diversity lottery that has awarded 50,000 green cards a year, mostly to applicants from African nations.

Earlier this year, Schumer blasted President Trump’s travel ban.

In the wake of the recent terrorist attack, Congress needs to end the diversity lottery program and design a new immigration system.

Tom Borelli

Dr. Tom Borelli is a Newsmax TV contributor and radio commentator addressing political issues from a conservative grassroots perspective. As a columnist, he has written for The Washington Times and authored articles for Newsmax Magazine, Newsmax Insider and previously was a co-host with his wife Deneen Borelli on the SiriusXM Patriot channel. Dr. Borelli appeared on numerous television programs, including the highly ranked Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Hannity,” “The Kelly File," and "America’s News Headquarters." He has also appeared on Fox Business Network’s “Making Money with Charles Payne” and “After the Bell” as well as TheBlaze TV’s "The Glenn Beck Program" and "Dana!" Prior to working for public policy organizations, Dr. Borelli was a managing partner with the investment advisory firm of Action Fund Management, LLC and a portfolio manager for the Free Enterprise Action Fund (FEAF) where he used shareholder activism to challenge corporations that sought to profit from the growth of government. During his 25 years with the Altria Group, Inc., he built a foundation in public policy and issues management, drawing from diverse experiences ranging from basic research to corporate affairs. Dr. Borelli served as science fellow for the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Science, Space, and Technology during the 100th Congress. Dr. Borelli has also published scientific papers on interferon and human leukemia.

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