NPR: How the diversity visa lottery works

NPR: How the diversity visa lottery works

I spoke on NPR’s Morning Edition on November 3 regarding the controversial Diversity Visa Lottery program. The program, as I see it, would be better utilized in reducing the backlog of those who have waited years to enter the country.

“If I’m a U.S. citizen and I have a brother or sister in the Philippines that I want to sponsor for a green card, that brother or sister will have to wait over 20 years,” says Cornell Law professor Stephen Yale-Loehr. “And why should they have to wait that long when someone else can waltz into the United States in one or two years under the diversity program?”

A transcript of the recording can be accessed here.

New York Times: Diversity Visa Lottery: Inside the program that admitted a terror suspect

New York Times: Diversity Visa Lottery: Inside the program that admitted a terror suspect

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.

Read the full article here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/01/us/diversity-visa-lottery.html