President Donald Trump on Wednesday vow that he will Terminate Green Card Lottery after an ISIS-inspired Uzbek man. Who enter the US under the program kill eight people in New York in the deadliest terror attack in the country since 9/11.
President Donald Trump said the attacker Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov. Who plough a pickup truck down a crowded bike path near the World Trade Center killing eight people. And injuring 11 others in an ISIS-inspired plot. Who allow to enter the US on a State Department program known as the “Diversity Lottery Program”.
“I am starting the process of terminating the diversity lottery programme,” Trump told reporters ahead of a cabinet meeting.
“Today we mourn the horrifying terrorist attack in New York City just blocks away from the sight of the world trade center. The man drove a truck into a pedestrian bike path and murdered eight people and injured very, very seriously at least 11 more,” Trump said.
“All of America is praying and grieving for the families who lost their precious loved ones. Horrible Act. Our hearts break for them and we pledge to renew our resolve in their memory,” he said.
Trump called the Uzbek immigrant who carried out the attack an “animal”.
“My administration is coordinating closely between federal and local officials to investigate the attack and to further investigate this animal who did the attacking,” he added.
Trump continued: “We also have to come up with punishment that’s far quicker and far greater than the punishment these animals are getting right now.
“They’ll go through court for years. At the end, who knows what happens. We need quick justice, and we need strong justice. Much quicker and much stronger than we have right now. Because what we have right now is a joke, and it’s a laughing stock.”
Terminate Green Card Lottery order
“I’m going to ask Congress to immediately initiate or get rid of this programme,” he said.
“And we want to get rid of chain migration. This man who came in, or whatever you want to call him, brought in with him other people. And he was the point of contact, the primary point of contact, for and this is preliminary, for 23 people who came in or potentially came in with him. And that’s not acceptable,” Trump said referring to the attacker.
“Terrorists are constantly seeking to strike our nation and it will require the unflinching devotion to our law enforcement, homeland security and intelligence professionals to keep America safe,” Trump said.
“We have to get much tougher and we have to get much smarter. And we have to get much less politically correct. We’re so politically correct that we’re afraid to do anything,” he said.
The 1990 diversity visa programme gives green card to people from countries from where they normally don’t have merit-based candidates.
The programme aims to diversify the origins of people granted permanent residence — so-called green cards — in the United States.
Trump said he wants to move US immigration to a “merit- based system” and not allow immigrants to bring their extended families.
Trump has ordered the Homeland Security to step up extreme vetting programme.
New York largely spared from terrorism since nearly 3,000 people die in the 9/11 attack.
Terrorism there came in September 2016, when a man set off shrapnel pack explosives in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. Nobody die, but 30 people die in the incident.