U.S. President Donald Trump has called on Congress to end the visa lottery program, citing a Justice Department crackdown on a recipient who abused resident status to finance terrorist activities abroad.
Trump linked his message to a press release by the Justice Department regarding a complaint to revoke the resident status of a recipient and winner of the visa lottery program, who funded global terrorist activities.
“Time to end the visa lottery, Congress must secure the immigration system and protect Americans.” Trump said in a Twitter post.
The Justice Department’s complaint claim that a Sudanese national who gained lawful permanent resident status through the “diversity visa lottery program” ran a non-profit organization, the Islamic American Relief Agency, and through it funneled money to known terrorist organisations back to Iraq and elsewhere.
Earlier, report revealed that US immigration enforcement arrests shut up 20 per cent in 2017 versus the previous year.
The report also said that former President Barack Obama’s immigration policy was more narrowly focused on arresting undocumented immigrants convicted of serious crimes.