In the wake of the October 31 terrorist attack in New York City, debate quickly arose over the Diversity Visa Lottery program which was revealed to have been the program under which the attacker was awarded a green card.

“A lottery is a crazy way to run an immigration system,” I said, adding, “No other country selects immigrants based on a lottery.”

The program, introduced in 1990, has attracted as many as 15 million applicants, even though no more than 50,000 visas may be awarded through it in a given year.

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