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.