On the afternoon of Halloween 2017 in downtown Manhattan, a 29-year-old Uzbek national identified as Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov “plowed into a crowd of bicyclists and pedestrians just blocks away from the World Trade Center.”
How did he get here? According to press reports, he immigrated through the “Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery”.
If this is true, he will not have been the first terrorist to have exploited this national security vulnerability, and unless we shut down this pointless program, he will not be the last.
On October 9, 2002, as immigration oversight counsel for the House Judiciary Committee, I participated in a hearing that I had prepared for the then-Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims relating to Hesham Mohamed Ali Hedayet. As then-Chairman George Gekas explained in his opening statement at that hearing:
This hearing has been called, as everyone knows by now, to consider the interactions between the Immigration and Naturalization…
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