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Aussies to be screwed over by Trump’s immigration overhaul

U.S. President Donald Trump has called for an end to the green card lottery following a terrorist attack on New York which killed eight and injured 11 on Tuesday, October 31.

The President immediately took to Twitter to blame the country’s immigration laws for the attacks and enforce more “extreme vetting” for people looking to enter America.

Trump tweeted that the terrorist behind Tuesday’s attacks had come into the country via the “Diversity Visa Lottery Program”, which is commonly known as the green card lottery.

CNBC reports that Trump went into more detail in a cabinet meeting.

“I am today starting the process of terminating the diversity lottery program,” Trump said.

“I’m going to ask Congress to immediately initiate work to get rid of this program, diversory [sic] and diversity lottery. Diversity lottery. Sounds nice, it’s not good. Not good. It hasn’t been good, and we’ve been against it.”

The green card lottery became a law in 1990 and came into effect in 1995.

Every year since then the program has awarded approximately 50,000 permanent resident visas to applicants from all over the world – especially developed nations like Australia.

20,000 plus Aussies have a crack at the lottery each year, with almost 2000 securing a green card.

An estimated 14 million immigrants apply annually and winners of the lottery are usually from countries underrepresented in U.S. immigration.

In his tweet, Trump specifically called out Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer who has since responded:

In 1990, Schumer served in the House of Representatives and helped bring the lottery into existence.

But Schumer was also the co-author of a bill that supported ending the program in 2013. As we know, Trump cares little for details and facts – especially if they don’t bolster his argument – which is why this was probably left out.

To end the lottery, Trump will have to get Congress to create new immigration laws. However, as Congress is currently focused on the healthcare mess and taxes, this may not be so easy.

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