David Perdue: NYC terror attack proves need to axe green card lottery

President Donald Trump shakes hands with Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) during an immigration announcement at the White House in August. Zach Gibson – Pool/Getty Images

WASHINGTON — Reports that the Uzbek immigrant who carried out Tuesday’s terrorist attack in New York City legally received a green card under a U.S. lottery system underscore the need to eliminate the popular federal program, according to Georgia’s U.S. Sen. David Perdue.

The freshman Republican said Tuesday’s attacks, which left eight dead and 11 injured, put an “exclamation point” on his months-long effort to advance legislation that would overhaul the country’s legal immigration system.

“This diversity lottery has been abused. It’s fraudulent, and here’s an example of a guy who came in and is under a green card,” Perdue told reporters on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. “We didn’t anticipate this, but it certainly heightens the issue and why we’re so focused on it.”

Perdue for months has been pushing his bill, the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy, or RAISE Act, that would among other changes eliminate the State Department’s Diversity Immigrant Visa Program. The lottery system selects roughly 50,000 people annually to permanently live in the U.S., or roughly 0.3 percent of applicants to the program.

Supporters tout it for its melting pot ethos — particularly for admitting often-overlooked immigrants from Africa and the Caribbean — but critics argue it is susceptible to fraud.

“This is just an example of what we did call out a few months ago that said that the diversity lottery is one of the places where people could get in that we might not want to get in. And here’s a glaring example, a tragic example of that,” Perdue said.

The RAISE Act is backed by President Donald Trump, and components of it are reportedly under considerations as Senate Republicans negotiate a legislative compromise to give legal status to so-called Dreamers who came to the U.S. illegally as children. Democrats have so far dismissed the main tenants of Perdue’s bill, which is co-authored by Arkansas Republican Tom Cotton.

Trump on Wednesday said the New York attacks show why the country should get “MUCH tougher” on immigration, and told reporters that “we need to get rid of the lottery program as soon as possible”

Trump also singled out Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., on Twitter for introducing the bill that led to the lottery’s creation in the 1990s.

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TruthReallyHurts
TruthReallyHurts

All this blustering over immigration and not a peep from neither Perdue nor Trump on gun control after the absolute slaughter in Vegas. 

And further proof of Trump and Repubs playing the race card dog whistle ... the murderer in NYC was called an "animal" and a terrorist while the murderer (of scores more people, by the way) was called a "sick person" but not a terrorist. 

Trump continues to sink to new lows and his supporters are going down with him. Sad that none of them has the testicular fortitude to stand up to him and the nitwits among their constituencies. Sad times for America.

TruthReallyHurts
TruthReallyHurts

@Retired/Soldier LOL! Retired/Soldier=Trump apologist at all costs. Does that help? 

By the way, is a terrorist not mentally disturbed?  Also, you have no idea what the Vegas murderer's ideology was. All that is certain is that his actions claimed the most lives of any mass shooting in the history of our nation. By definition, he is/was a terrorist. 

Again, you lose.

DavidATL45
DavidATL45

Perdue's logic is so incredibly warped!  The visa program isn't the problem.  The problem is the extraordinary hatred and division being spread by the GOP - Trump and Perdue in particular.  They are the ones who need to be dumped, not the lottery program.  Perdue is a very nasty person. 

jezel-dog / Coach - me
jezel-dog / Coach - me

And Tim Cook cuts to the chase.....


The bigger issue is that some of these tools are used to divide people, to manipulate people, to get fake news to people in broad numbers, and so, to influence their thinking," Cook said. "And this, to me, is the No. 1 through 10 issue."

jezel-dog / Coach - me
jezel-dog / Coach - me

Yet more smoke....


Trump, who hit his lowest Gallup approval number yet on Monday, tells NYT: "I just got fantastic poll numbers."

Retired/Soldier
Retired/Soldier

@DavidATL45 @Retired/Soldier @jezel-dog / Coach - me Thank you for your input, I would agree about intelligence. Discussing issues with committed liberals that only hate isn't a very intelligent action, but it can be fun.

About Clinton, my point about her "poll" numbers is liberals like you can only wish that a Pres. Clinton had the same poll numbers as Trump. Obsession? I do believe in my gut that the Clinton's will go doen in history has one of the greatest crime families in American history.

KonradU
KonradU

And where is the action on the Vegas shooting? Somehow with many more dead it apparently was just nothing? Got to love the self serving hypocrisy of American pols looking for $$$$.

Jan2737
Jan2737

Perdue wants to be the next president. 

Kathy
Kathy

Evidently, Purdue hasn't noticed all the crime on the streets of GA.

DMC57
DMC57

The lottery system was to have been done away with in 2013 when the bipartisan "Gang of 8" in the Senate put forward their immigration reform bill.  Unfortunately, while the bill passed in the Senate 68-32, the more radical GOP-controlled House refused to even take up the measure under the "leadership" of John Boehner.  As such, the fact that it still exists is a testament to the intransigence of the tea party.

Retired/Soldier
Retired/Soldier

@DMC57 Well then why didn't these gang bangers could have split that one good idea out and proposed it again in a separate law. But since they couldn't have all the pie, they didn't want any.

BTW, that has nothing to do with not blaming Chuckie for this horrible law he passed in the first place. More diversion from the liberals.

PDPDP8
PDPDP8

Perdue is only after Trumps agenda. Several of us have tried to communicate with his office with never a reply. He too busy keeping his nose up Donnie’s crack.

MiltonD
MiltonD

I disagree with Trump on many issues but I have to agree with him on Muslim immigration. I find it impossible to understand why liberals want to stick up for Middle Eastern Muslims, the same people that have zero regard for human rights, women's rights and prefer that homosexuals are executed.  They spit on your values and you say open the door, let em in.

chill30313
chill30313

@MiltonD So does every Christian agree with Ry Moore that gay people need to be rounded up and put into camps? No. They do not. Stop painting with such a broad brush.

Can'o'corn
Can'o'corn

perdue is just another grandstanding fraudster....

jezel-dog / Coach - me
jezel-dog / Coach - me

Purdue learn to think for yourself......and stop it with all these Fox News....brainwashing techniques. You are a very transparent person


when people are afraid, they don't think rationally. And when they can't think rationally, they'll believe anything.


The idea is to terrify and terrorize the audience during every waking moment. 

jezel-dog / Coach - me
jezel-dog / Coach - me

NYC suspect came here from Uzbekistan, which is not on your “list” and was part of Russia when he was born, you fear-mongering

MiltonD
MiltonD

@jezel-dog / Coach - me Uzbekistan has also become a hotbed for Islamic terrorists.  It is not fear mongering, common sense says that you don't let people in that come from countries that are breeding grounds for terrorists.

drewK
drewK

And what program would Perdon't like to end to stop white men from gunning down 58 people in Las Vegas?

SouthernHope5
SouthernHope5

An attempt was made to end this program in 2013....Schumer was at the head of the group wanting to end it.  The Republican-held House shut it down. 

Agatha Winterhans
Agatha Winterhans

If you like guys who have no substance but are willing to hitch their wagon to disgraceful politicians with a 33% approval rating as their "all-in" move at shoring up the willfully ignorant crowd then David Perdue is your guy. Perdue makes Saxby look like Ronald Reagan. What a bona fide loser.

BTC
BTC

Whatever the dear leader says...

revt
revt

And the Las Vegas shootings proves the need to pass gun control laws.

DawgDadII
DawgDadII

Popular federal program? We'll see.

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