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U.S. visa lottery: Trump seeks end to programme
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By Staff Reporter
February 9, 2018 08:16:36am GMT      |      Views: 284
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WorldStage Newsonline--- The popular U.S visa lottery, a platform which provides opportunity for thousands of people across the world to become U.S residents might soon be over, following the call on Congress by the U.S. President, Donald Trump to end the programme.

Trump who cited a Justice Department crackdown on a recipient who abused resident status to finance terrorist activities abroad said it was time to end the programme.

“Time to end the visa lottery,” Trump said in a Twitter post.

“Congress must secure the immigration system and protect Americans.”

Trump linked his message to a Justice Department press release regarding a complaint to revoke the resident status of a visa lottery program recipient who funded global terrorist activities.

The Justice Department’s complaint said a Sudanese national who gained lawful permanent resident status through the “diversity visa lottery program” ran a non-profit organisation, the Islamic American Relief Agency, and through it funneled money to known terrorist organisations in Iraq and elsewhere.

Earlier, report revealed that US immigration enforcement arrests shut up 20 per cent in 2017 versus the previous year.

The report also said that former President Barack Obama’s immigration policy was more narrowly focused on arresting undocumented immigrants convicted of serious crimes. (Sputnik/NAN)

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