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Trump vows to end diversity lottery in wake of terror attack

Florida residents may be aware that President Trump has vowed to end the diversity lottery program in the wake of a terror attack in New York City that claimed eight lives. The 29-year-old man who has been charged in connection with the Oct. 31 truck attack entered the United States in 2010 from Uzbekistan after being awarded a visa under the program. Trump told his cabinet that he plans to ask Congress to scrap the diversity lottery during a Nov.1 meeting at the White house.

The Diversity Visa Lottery was authorized by lawmakers in 1990 and went into effect in 1995. It was designed to encourage immigration from parts of the world that are not well represented in the United States, but Trump believes that future visas should be awarded based on merit rather than national origin. The program awards about 50,000 visas each year.

Those awarded visas under the diversity program are able to obtain green cards and seek permanent residence. Trump feels that this arrangement does not serve the American people, and he has endorsed a bill introduced by two Republican senators that would eliminate some family-based green card programs along with the diversity lottery. The measure also calls for a points-based system for work visas that would heavily favor highly skilled applicants who are fluent in English.

U.S. immigration law is extremely complex, and those who wish to live and work legally in America sometimes do not know where to begin. Attorneys with experience in this area could explain the various work and family-based visa programs currently available and how they could be affected by pending legislation. Attorneys could also ensure that immigration paperwork is completed properly and submitted in a timely manner.

Source: CNN, Trump demands Congress terminate diversity immigration lottery, Dan Merica and Tal Kopan, Nov. 1, 2017

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