President Donald Trump's tweet vowing to end the diversity visa lottery after a man who reportedly entered the country through the program killed eight people in New York City was "absurd," according to one Democratic congressman.
"I think it's kind of absurd, in the hours after this terrible attack to be using it as a fulcrum for a debate that has been going on in Congress for completely different reasons," Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Wednesday.
Trump tweeted the morning after the attack:
"There are legitimate reasons to look at how much should we take immigration, new immigrants on the base of diversity, how much on the basis of merit," Schiff said. However, "I've never really heard this made as a security argument. To use this tragedy in that way to push an agenda is not what the president ought to be doing right now."
"It's hard to see, particularly when some of the folks like those who were involved in the Boston bombing came here as young people or as children, or as really teenagers, it's hard to see how you can vet against that," he said.
"Or people that are second generation. How do you vet for the next generation? Obviously, you can't," Schiff said.
"I think we ought to dispassionately look at what happened here, what are the facts, what are the policy implications," he added. "But it's so early, I think it's very hazardous to draw conclusions at this point."
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