After a Muslim terrorist named Sayfullo Saipov killed eight people in New York City on Halloween night, it was rapidly revealed that he came to the U.S. from his native Uzbekistan through a program known as the Diversity Visa lottery.
In this program, immigrants can get a fast-track to the United States if they are from a country not currently “well represented” in ours. In other words, it’s a program that expands American diversity just for the hell of it. Not because these people bring anything to the table. Not because there is some verifiable need for more Uzbek Muslims in New York City. Nope. Just because.
In the days after the truck attack, President Donald Trump slammed the Democrats for the program, vowing to bring an end to the lottery. But what went unmentioned at the time is that the visa program itself, for all of its faults, actually opens the door to a far bigger problem than just the immigrants who come through based on the luck of the draw.
Through the program itself, only about 1.1 million people have come to the U.S. since 1994. That’s a lot, but it’s not “country-changing.” It was certainly enough to bring in Saipov and his murderous ideology, of course, and that’s reason enough to be outraged. But it has at least been within the scope of what politicians like Chuck Schumer promised when they originally pushed for the law.
According to the Center for Immigration Studies, that 1.1 million figure is not quite the end of the story.
“When accounting for chain migration, the visa lottery may have brought in more than 3.8 million people in total since 1994. Despite its supporters’ assurances that the visa lottery is responsible for only 50,000 immigrants in any given year, chain migration means that the program actually accounts for perhaps 165,000 new immigrants per year because of earlier lottery winners sponsoring their relatives,” said the CIS report.
Chain migration has been at the forefront of President Trump’s thoughts in recent days. In comments to the press, the president has said he isn’t interested in signing any bill that grants amnesty to DACA recipients unless there is something that stops chain migration in the legislation as well. He, like many Republicans, recognizes that unless we put an end to this free pass, we risk having our entire country overrun by just a tiny fraction of original visa-holders.
“I don’t think any Republican would vote for anything having to do with leaving chain migration,” Trump said in a recent interview with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham. “Chain migration is a disaster for this country and it’s horrible.”
We question the wisdom of providing amnesty to Dreamers with or without an end to chain migration, and there’s no reason that a president elected on the basis of his hardline immigration stance can’t pursue legislation that ends one without conceding the other. To be sure, though, chain migration is having an extraordinarily negative impact on our country’s blue-collar workers, our assimilative culture, and our national security.
We need to end diversity lotteries, end amnesty for illegals, end chain migration schemes, and start protecting American workers, values, and sovereignty – NOW.