U.S. President, Donald Trump has begun moves to scrap the popular American Green Card Lottery following the Manhattan truck attack.
In a series of tweets he called for the immigration programme to be replaced with a merit-based system.
The terrorist came into our country through what is called the “Diversity Visa Lottery Program,” a Chuck Schumer beauty. I want merit based.
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
Speaking at a conference thereafter, Trump said he would terminate the lottery. He said:
“I am today starting the process of terminating the diversity lottery program.
“I’m going to ask Congress to immediately initiate work to get rid of this program, diversory [sic] and diversity lottery. Diversity lottery. Sounds nice, it’s not good. Not good. It hasn’t been good, and we’ve been against it.
“We’re going to quickly as possible get rid of chain migration and move to a merit-based system,” he added.
The diversity visa lottery programme, also known as the green card lottery, grants permanent US residency every year to around 50,000 immigrants since it was introduced in the year 1995.