CIS – Diversity Visa Lottery Not in Best Interest of US



The Diversity Visa Lottery
An immigration program that is not in America’s interest

Center for Immigration Studies
November 2, 2017

Washington, D.C. – The Center for Immigration Studies published several articles detailing the Diversity Visa Lottery program’s history and relevant statistics following the attack by the Uzbek terror suspect in New York City. Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov is the fifth Diversity Visa Lottery recipient to be involved in terrorist acts in the United States.

Congress could have passed legislation to eliminate the visa program, stopping the exploitation of this national security vulnerability. Their concern is evident by the three hearings they held in less than three years – CIS testified at all three. The State Department inspector General in 2003 testified that “the Diversity Visa program contains significant risks to national security from hostile intelligence officers, criminals, and terrorists attempting to use the program for entry into the United States as permanent residents.”

But voices like Senators Ted Kennedy and Chuck Schumer have been avid supporters, arguing that the United States requires the visa to generate increased ethnic diversity.

View CIS articles on the Diversity Visa Lottery:

Another Terrorist Exploits the Diversity Visa Lottery

Steven Camarota also testified at that hearing. Prophetically, he told the subcommittee:

“One of the problems with the lottery is that it gives green cards to people who have no strong ties to the United States, unlike family-based immigration. Certainly individuals with few ties to the United States are more willing and more likely to engage in attacks on our country. The attractiveness of the lottery to terrorists is shown by the fact that two terrorists arrested in August of this year in Michigan also used the lottery. … Clearly, strictly enforcing our immigration laws and permanently eliminating policies like the lottery and 245(i) could significantly reduce the terrorist threat.”

Can We Finally Get Rid of the Visa Lottery?

I noted in 2005 House testimony:

“weeding out fraudulent lottery applications, and even processing legitimate ones, is a diversion for an agency that’s supposed to be identifying terrorists among the millions seeking to come to America. An internal audit conducted by the State Department in the 1990s characterized the visa lottery as a costly unfunded mandate that saps personnel resources.”

Uzbekistan and the Diversity Visa Lottery

Typically, winners of the Diversity Lottery visa could come to the United States in no other way, or they would not have filed in this manner. The existence of the diversity lottery, therefore, was presumably the only reason why Saipov could be admitted to the States.

In 2015, the most recent year with this information, Uzbekistan was the fifth largest user of the lottery visas. The four highest users were Nepal 3,370; Egypt 3,456; Iran 2,661; and Congo 2,641.

What We DON’T Know about Sayfullo Saipov

Questions that need answered:

  • 1 – How did he legally immigrate to the United States in 2010? Did he “win” a lottery position or  was he instead a refugee or a “follow-to-join” of someone in his family who was the refugee principal?
  • 2 – All of the photos of Saipov are copies of the same mugshot. What’s that about? What was he arrested for? Was it serious enough that it should have landed him in removal proceedings? Did it? If not, why not?
  • 3 – If Uber did a background check on the man before he was permitted to do pickups under the company’s auspices, how did they miss the Missouri criminal history information?

NEWS VIDEO: Mark Krikorian Discusses the Diversity Lottery – Tucker- Carlson Interview and Krikorian Comments

TOPIC PAGE: Diversity Visa Lottery

Chain Migration Problem In Diversity Lottery: “The Immigration Act of 1990 permanently established the Diversity Visa category. The program benefits individuals from nations that send relatively few immigrants to the United States.  A Princeton University study found that between 1996 and 2000, initiating immigrants (that is, the first in a family to come to the United States) sponsored an average of an additional 3.45 relatives through chain migration.” Preston Huennekens on November 3, 2017

The security risk has grown over the years as the program admits a disproportionate share of immigrants from terrorist breeding grounds and has a high level of fraud. Of the top 10 source countries for Diversity Visa immigrants in FY 2016, four were on the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) list of Specially Designated Countries (SDCs): Egypt (2,855 immigrants), Iran (2,788 immigrants), Uzbekistan (2,378 immigrants).

Legislation eliminating the Diversity Visa Lottery has been introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA). The RAISE Act (S.354) has a companion bill in the House, “Immigration in the National Interest Act” (H.R.3775), sponsored by Rep. Lamar Smith.


Wow, so basically from its very submittal in Congress (thanks Chuckie) this particular program has been commented on and reports written for presentation to Congress which stated it was not going to be a reasonably successful venture. Yet no Congress since that time and in particular AFTER 9/11 saw fit to pass a bill into law that would stop this program in its tracks?

I’m not a particularly math proficient person but let’s see a bit here:

1990 – the program came into being (also referred to as Green Card lottery)

So for 27 years, the program has allowed 50,000 immigrants per year – that means that initially 2,850,000 individuals have been allowed to enter our country every year because they were fortunate enough to be “chosen”.

And, we found out thanks to the Princeton study that 3.5 people on average enter WITH the one who won their lottery right so 2,850,000 times 3.5 equals 9,975,000 additional members arriving on those singular lottery individual rights. In total then we have allowed 12,825,000 immigrants entry since the beginning of this program.

That is in addition to Work Visas, Study Visas, EB-5 Visa, Special Talents Visas, DACA and others issued to meet the total volume of 175,000 per year that is in the 1990 Immigration information. So we are looking at 125,000 per year that may jump ship and hide in the US after their Visa is up or leave, that is another 3,375,000 within the same timeframe and “might” also include a chain of others coming along with them.

At a minimum then we have a total count of 16,200,000 Legally in 27 years! And that doesn’t even begin to count those who have come illegally.

Taking this further, facts that MSM has deliberately kept from reporting on with any accuracy. (and no I refuse to do more math, this is so far outside my understanding that I cannot grasp it except to say we have been living under “open borders” for almost half my life and I had no idea):

  • The U.S. immigrant population stood at more than 43.3 million, or 13.5 percent, of the total U.S. population of 321.4 million in 2015, according to American Community Survey (ACS) data. According to the 2016 Current Population Survey (CPS), immigrants and their U.S.-born children now number approximately 84.3 million people, or 27 percent of the overall U.S. population.
  • Since ACA implementation in 2014, health insurance coverage has improved for both immigrants and the U.S. born. From 2013 to 2015, the immigrant uninsured rate fell from 32 percent to 22 percent, and the rate for the native born fell from 12 percent to 7 percent. among the foreign born, noncitizens experienced a greater drop in the uninsured rate (from 46 percent to 35 percent) than naturalized citizens (from 16 percent to 8 percent.
  • Of the 25.7 million employed foreign-born workers ages 16 and older in 2015, the largest share, or 31 percent, worked in management, professional, and related occupations.
  • In 2015, there were 29.4 million children under age 18 living in poor families, almost 9.4 million (or 32 percent) were children of immigrants.
  • In fiscal year (FY) 2015, 1,051,031 foreign nationals became lawful permanent residents (LPRs), also known as green-card holders, according to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) data. Of the more than 1 million new green-card holders in 2015, 44 percent were immediate relatives of U.S. citizens, 20 percent entered through a family-sponsored preference, and 14 percent via an employment-based preference. Another 14 percent adjusted from refugee or asylee status, and 5 percent were diversity lottery winners.
  • In FY 2015, the State Department issued 10,891,745 nonimmigrant visas—a 10 percent increase from the 9,932,480 issued in 2014.
  • Temporary workers and trainees, as well as their spouses and children, accounted for 3.7 million admissions (about 5 percent of total I-94 admissions). This group includes H-1B “specialty occupation” workers, registered nurses, temporary agricultural workers, North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) professional workers, treaty traders, and intracompany transferees.
  • Students who entered the United States to study at academic or vocational institutes made up about 3 percent of arrivals (close to 2 million admissions). This figure includes their family members and excludes exchange visitors.
  • According to State Department Worldwide Refugee Admissions Processing System (WRAPS) data, 84,994 refugees were admitted to the United States in FY 2016, a 22 percent increase compared to the 69,933 admitted in 2015.
  • The Obama administration raised the refugee ceiling to 110,000 for FY 2017. However, President Trump has reduced that ceiling to 50,000 .

Sorry to ruin your weekend but OH MY F#$% STARS!





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16 Responses to CIS – Diversity Visa Lottery Not in Best Interest of US

  1. SafeSpace says:

    So we maggot taxpayers paid huge bucks for a study to figure out the obvious, facts that anyone with a brain uncorrupted by bleeding-heart liberalism knows insrinctively… Is this a great country, or what!

    • Uriel says:

      Lol that was an independent I don’t think they were paid by taxpayers but maybe however the point remains they have been going before committees for over 10 years saying the same thing every time

  2. SafeSpace says:

    Forget the Israelites. This program gives new meaning to the concept of a “chosen people”.

  3. Wise Owl says:

    Wow! Good expose’, and pointing the problem we have in this country. It used to be that we would only allow about 175,000 immigrants in/year. They generally assimilated into our society and all was well. Then, I think LBJ raised the ceiling to about 1 million/yr and immigrants came in faster than they could be absorbed/assimilated. So, they gravitated to enclaves and, instead of becoming Americans, they became _____ LIVING IN America, but serving themselves, not their country. And THAT is when things started going to hell. Corporations want H1B visa people because they are defacto slave labor, working for a fraction that American workers expect. Citizens United ensured that corporations can drive policy as they see fit. Our country needs a SERIOUS overhaul!

    • Uriel says:

      Good points Wise Owl. I was sickened by the numbers and countries most were Middle East. I am for immigration but not at the expense of our country and values

  4. whitetop says:

    Chuckie Schumer has blood on his hands as a result of the Manhattan drive down killings. Will the liberals now call for banning of Home Depot rental trucks?

  5. Popular Front says:

    I’m surprised more people haven’t yet woken up to yet another hijacking of a common word to bastardise it to a more sinister form. Just as ‘gay’ now equates to homosexuality and ‘pride’ equates to aggressive homosexuality so ‘diversity’ now relates to the active importation of individuals and groups of people who are diametrically opposed to the standards, customs and practices of their host nation but are more than happy to accept its welfare benefits for life.

  6. Hardnox says:

    My diversity consists of choosing between .44 Mag, .45 ACP, 5.56, 7.62, 30-06, or 50 BMG.

    Decisions, decisions. What a world we live in.

    Seriously, this immigration stuff is bullshit. Our immigration policy should be as it was in the past, and which served us well, only the best and brightest were allowed to come here and not just those that were inclined to vote Democrat.

  7. whitetop says:

    The only immigration reform needed is to enforce he immigration laws we have on the books and throw the bullshit to the lefties. And the GOP members who think we should give in to the Chamber of Commerce.

  8. Wise Owl says:

    Indeed– immigration from disparate cultures, at the horrific rate they allow it, is behind most of these massacres. Contrast that with Switzerland, that has a gun in every home and a car in every garage, and they have very few killings. Ditto with the Scandinavian countries until the Muslims came in. It’s the clash of cultures and the resulting hostility that is at the bottom of it.

    Sadly, that genie has been let out. No one will deport immigrants now, nor would it solve things. Only stopping the massive influx and some disbanding enclaves may be the only solution. Good luck with that. 🙁