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Trump Cites 2010 Terrorism Case to Call for End of Visa Lottery

Trump Cites 2010 Terrorism Case to Call for End of Visa Lottery
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By    |   Thursday, 08 February 2018 07:45 PM

President Donald Trump on Thursday called for an end to the visa lottery system, citing the Justice Department's move to revoke the legal status of a Sundanese man who was convicted in 2010 of funneling $1 million to a designated terrorist in Jordan.

Here's Trump's tweet:

The Justice Department said Wednesday that it had asked a federal judge in Missouri to revoke the status of the visa lottery beneficiary, Mubarak Ahmed Hamed, the agency said in a news release.

He entered the U.S. on an F-1 student visa and was granted permanent status through the diversity visa lottery program, according to the release.

In 2010, Hamed pleaded guilty to using his position as executive director of the Islamic American Relief Agency (IARA) to send more than $1 million to parties overseas in violation of U.S. sanctions, the department said.

He was sentenced to four years and 10 months in prison in 2012.

From 1997 to 2000, Hamed transferred the tax-exempt donations to an account in Jordan controlled by Khalid Al-Sudanee, knowing the contributions were being sent to Iraq.

Hamed applied for U.S. citizenship in 2000, while still sending money to Al-Sudanee, and denied in a naturalization interview that he had engaged in criminal activity for which he had not been arrested, the Justice Department said.

In 2004, the Treasury Department declared Al-Sudanee and IARA "specially designated foreign terrorists."

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President Donald Trump on Thursday called for an end to the visa lottery system, citing the Justice Department's move to revoke the legal status of a Sundanese man who was convicted in 2010 of funneling $1 million to a designated terrorist in Jordan.
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