Closer look needed ... At chain migration, Visa Lottery

Violet Powell
December 14, 2017

On December 8, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Francis Cissna called for immigration reform that ends chain migration and the visa lottery in an op-ed.

"We must protect our borders, we must ensure that individuals entering our country are not coming to do harm to our people, and we must move to a merit-based system of immigration".

How so? Not only did the hapless zealot Akayed Ullah land in the United States via the last link in chain migration - namely, he received an F43 "fourth preference" family immigration visa, or the most distant family-relationship category eligible for immigration - but also the sibling who established the chain for Mr. Ullah came here through the Visa Lottery program.

Meanwhile, Saipov was himself a visa lottery recipient who immigrated from Uzbekistan in 2010.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders explained that Ullah entered the 2011 with an F-43 family immigrant visa.

President Donald Trump said he'll end US immigration programs that give preferences to the families of new residents and that allow people to enter a lottery for visas, policies the White House blames for a bombing in NY on Monday.

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"Today's terror suspect entered our country through extended-family chain migration, which is incompatible with national security", Trump said.

That prompted White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders to note that President Trump has railed against so-called "chain migration", through which dozens of an immigrant's relatives can enter the USA simply because their family member made it. The perpetrator of the October attack entered the US through the visa lottery.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is also supporting ending chain migration and the visa lottery.

President Trump issued a statement shortly following yesterday's attack. "I am determined to improve our immigration system to put our country and our people first", Trump said.

"They are just using this as a way to scapegoat and attack the immigration system, this particular incident, when there's no demonstrated connection between cutting back on the family-based system and protecting our national security", Chen said.

"It's worse than not effective, it's counterproductive", said Michael Breen, president and CEO of the Truman Center and Truman National Security Project, whose membership includes former national security officials and veterans of the Obama and Clinton administrations.

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