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Republicans Blame Immigration Program For NYC Tragedy

A State Department immigration policy known as the diversity visa lottery was responsible for Tuesday’s mass killing in New York City, Ann Coulter suggested on Fox News.

The conservative author and commentator pointed out that the immigrant who slammed his truck into a crowd of pedestrians and bicyclists entered the country by taking advantage of the program. Eight people died and at least 11 others suffered injuries in the incident. The Department of Homeland Security confirmed that Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov used “a passport with a valid diversity immigrant visa” in 2010, the Washington Post reported.

“Some of us have been screaming about the diversity lottery forever,” Coulter said. “It takes a terrorist attack like this for most people to even hear of the diversity lottery, which is everything you would think it is.” The political pundit also blasted “chain immigration,” which occurs when immigrants bring their families with them to the United States. “We’re bringing in entire tribes,” Coulter claimed. "Every single part of our immigration laws is insane.” According to Fox News, Saipov came to America from Uzbekistan with at least 23 members of his extended family.

The Post noted that a number of right-wing politicians and commentators have criticized the diversity lottery system. On Wednesday, President Trump urged Congress “to immediately initiate work to get rid of this program,” adding: “I am starting the process of terminating the diversity lottery program. It sounds nice. It’s not nice. It’s not good.”

Trump lashed out at Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer for his past support of the program. The New York lawmaker sponsored legislation in 1990 to establish the diversity lottery. However, 23 years later, he joined other Democrats as well as Republicans in the Senate’s so-called “Gang of Eight” who were trying to repeal the program.

In a series of tweets, the president declared: “The terrorist came into our country through what is called the ‘Diversity Visa Lottery Program,’ a Chuck Schumer beauty. I want merit based. We are fighting hard for Merit Based immigration, no more Democrat Lottery Systems. We must get MUCH tougher (and smarter). ‘Senator Chuck Schumer helping to import Europes problems,’ said Col.Tony Shaffer. We will stop this craziness!”

Schumer replied: “I guess it’s not too soon to politicize a tragedy.” Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona tweeted: “Actually, the Gang of 8, including @SenSchumer, did away with the Diversity Visa Program as part of broader reforms. I know. I was there. In fact, had the Senate Gang of 8 bill passed the House, it would have ended the Visa Lottery Program AND increased merit based visas.”

Schumer issued a written statement, explaining: “I have always believed and continue to believe that immigration is good for America. President Trump, instead of politicizing and dividing America, which he always seems to do at times of national tragedy, should be focusing on the real solution — anti-terrorism funding — which he proposed cutting in his most recent budget. I’m calling on the president to immediately rescind his proposed cuts to this vital anti-terrorism funding.”

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