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Newt Gingrich: End 'Absurd' Diversity Visa Lottery

Newt Gingrich: End 'Absurd' Diversity Visa Lottery
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By    |   Friday, 03 November 2017 02:59 PM

The diversity program that allowed the accused terrorist in the New York City attack this week to enter the United States is "absurd" and needs to be scrapped, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich argues.

Gingrich wrote an opinion piece for Fox News and made the point that a merit-based immigration system, which President Donald Trump has called for, would be a better method of accepting immigrants.

"President Trump is right: We should end the diversity lottery for immigration. It is an absurd system for randomly selecting who should come to the United States," Gingrich wrote. "The lottery system should instead be replaced with a merit-based system that actively seeks people who will help grow the American economy."

Gingrich echoed Trump's belief that only accepting immigrants who can contribute to American society is a better solution because it benefits everyone.

"What a person can contribute to America should be more important when making immigration decisions than whether he or she fits some political science mantra of diversity," he wrote.

Sayfullo Saipov is accused of mowing down people on a bike path next to the Hudson River using a rented Home Depot truck on Tuesday. Eight people were killed and 11 others were injured.

Saipov, who said he launched the attack in the name of the Islamic State (ISIS), came to the U.S. in 2010 from Uzbekistan under the diversity visa program.

Gingrich said putting an end to the lottery system is the first step at stopping radical Islamic terrorism in the U.S., but other things that need to happen include identifying terrorists before they strike using surveillance methods and putting together "a new legal framework for dealing with local and imported terrorists alike."

"This is going to be a long war with radical Islamic Supremacists," Gingrich wrote. "Closing the immigration lottery system immediately is an important step, but we will need to do far more than this in order to be truly safe."

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