CBS News: Trump says visa lottery rewards the “worst” immigrants. That’s inaccurate.

CBS News: Trump says visa lottery rewards the “worst” immigrants. That’s inaccurate.

My December 18 op-ed on Trump’s claims that the diversity visa program lets in the worst was quoted in a CBS News article on January 10. Trump has gone on to say that foreign countries are contributing to the lottery the “people they don’t want”.

“There is no way a foreign government can game the lottery to offload the worst of their citizenry,” Yale-Loehr writes. “Applicants who commit fraud, say by applying more than once each year to increase their chances of winning, are barred from the program. The State Department has issued specific warnings against fraud in the diversity visa program. So even if a government tried to game the lottery, it should be caught.”

The article can be accessed here.

Houston Chronicle: Future unsure for visa lottery

Houston Chronicle: Future unsure for visa lottery

I spoke with the Houston Chronicle on January 3 on behalf of my NY Daily News op-ed that criticizes President Trump’s statements on the diversity visa lottery.

“Philosophically, you would think you could do a better job of picking people to come to the United States through important criteria, like people who have a unique talent, or are very smart, rather than just through a lottery. But after I looked at these statistics, and I saw that diversity visa lottery people are pretty much gainfully employed with a very low unemployment rate, I am now having second thoughts.”

The article can be accessed here.

Politifact: Donald Trump mischaracterizes diversity visa lottery

Politifact: Donald Trump mischaracterizes diversity visa lottery

I was quoted in a Politifact article on December 20 that rates Trump’s mischaracterization of the diversity visa program as a “pants on fire” type of lie. His claim that foreign countries throw their worst citizens into a bin, which the U.S. then picks from, is false.

“The diversity visa program is a true lottery. There is no way a foreign government can game the lottery to offload the worst of their citizenry,” Stephen Yale-Loehr, a professor of immigration law practice at Cornell Law School wrote in an op-ed for the New York Daily News.

Read the article here.

The NY Daily News: Trump’s dishonest diversity visa lottery attack

An op-ed I wrote criticizing Trump’s mischaracterization of the diversity immigrant visa program was published by The NY Daily News on December 18. The piece explains why the President’s statement that foreign governments game the diversity visa program is false. In the statement, he accuses foreign governments of gaming the program to let their worst citizens into the United States.

There are a variety of facts that disprove the President’s statement. The program has strict boundaries for applicants including having a high school diploma or an equivalent amount of work experience. Applicants must also go through consular processing which reviews them for more than a dozen grounds of inadmissability, including criminal history and past misuse of visas. Moreover, the sheer fact that the program is a lottery ensures there is no way a foreign government can game the lottery to offload the worst of their citizenry.

Read the full op-ed on The NY Daily News website, here.

 

FactCheck.org: Trump’s baseless immigration claims

FactCheck.org: Trump’s baseless immigration claims

I spoke with Robert Farley of FactCheck.org on December 14 to discuss the controversial Diversity Visa Lottery program. The program has been under fire by Trump recently, especially after the October 31 terror attack that was found to have been committed by an individual admitted through the lottery.

On December 8, President Trump made a claim that countries “take their worst and put them in a bin,” alluding to the claim that the lottery program doesn’t thoroughly vet applicants. In reality, however, it is a very complicated process with education & work requirements even before the background security check.

“I have never heard of a foreign government trying to game the diversity lottery system. … The bottom line: President Trump’s statements about how the diversity visa program works are false. ”

The article can be accessed here.