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senate Bill S. 2082

Should the Diversity Visa Lottery Program be Repealed?

Argument in favor

The U.S. immigration system should use a merit-based approach, not randomly give out 50,000 visas to people from countries that don’t send many immigrants to America. The diversity visa lottery should be eliminated.

Luke's Opinion
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11/20/2017
As a descendant of immigrants who came to the US during the World Wars, I really do support immigration. However, I think a lottery is a terrible way of selecting who can and cannot enter the United States. I agree that it should be a merit based system, but as a whole the immigration process needs re-worked.
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Maxwell78's Opinion
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11/20/2017
The USA is the greatest country in the world, so wouldn't we want the best people from around the world coming here? Yes we would! It will strengthen our economy and our country! It doesn't matter what your race or religion is, only if you would benefit our great country. Also let me remind you, the man who ran over people with a truck on Halloween in NYC was brought here on the Diversity lottery program.
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Claude's Opinion
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11/20/2017
Agree with merit system rather than random process
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Argument opposed

The diversity visa lottery enhances the nation by giving many law-abiding, productive immigrants from smaller countries a chance to come to America. It should remain in place.

Quinby's Opinion
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11/20/2017
Nope! Immigrants without the resources need these types of programs!
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Heapsy's Opinion
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11/20/2017
The program gives immigrants who aren’t particularly wealthy and don’t have contacts in the US a very small chance at the American dream. Vetting of those who participate must be drastically improved, but we should not cut off their opportunity to come here completely.
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Jesse's Opinion
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11/20/2017
I studied at an American university. I work hard at my job on a nonimmigrant visa, and I didn’t steal any American’s job as my company still has many vacancies for my role, that they pay very competitively. The only reason I am able to stay is that I come from a country that has a work visa agreement with the US. But I can never immigrate permanently. This lottery is pretty much my only avenue to permanent residency. I think this program is the immigration equivalent of the American Dream. Killing it would be of no benefit to anyone.
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What is Senate Bill S. 2082?

This bill would repeal the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, which gives out 50,000 permanent resident visas (aka Green Cards) every year through a randomly selected lottery. Winners of the lottery can come to the U.S. without a sponsor, don’t have to pay an application fee, and can bring their spouses and minor children after passing a background check. Only applicants from countries who have sent less than 50,000 people to the U.S. in the last five years can participate in the lottery.

Impact

Those who would get visas through the diversity lottery; and the Dept. of Homeland Security.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 2082

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

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In-DepthSponsoring Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) introduced this bill to end the diversity lottery program:

“If you tried to design a more irrational immigration program than the diversity visa lottery program, you couldn’t do it. It’s nonsense on a stick. We are a nation of immigrants, but we are also a nation of laws. The laws surrounding immigration need to look like someone designed them on purpose. The diversity visa lottery program is not one of those laws.”


Of NoteAccording to State Department data analyzed by the Washington Post, two-thirds of the diversity visa lottery winners in recent years came from Africa and Eastern Europe.

The attacker who killed eight in an vehicular terror attack in New York City on October 31, 2017 came to the U.S. from Uzbekistan using the diversity visa lottery program.

Politico and Morning Consult conducted a poll which found that 45 percent of respondents expressed support for eliminating a diversity visa lottery, while 32 percent were opposed and 24 percent didn’t express an opinion.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: belterz / iStock)

AKA

Visa Lottery Repeal Act

Official Title

A bill to terminate the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program.

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    IntroducedNovember 6th, 2017
    As a descendant of immigrants who came to the US during the World Wars, I really do support immigration. However, I think a lottery is a terrible way of selecting who can and cannot enter the United States. I agree that it should be a merit based system, but as a whole the immigration process needs re-worked.
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    Nope! Immigrants without the resources need these types of programs!
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    The program gives immigrants who aren’t particularly wealthy and don’t have contacts in the US a very small chance at the American dream. Vetting of those who participate must be drastically improved, but we should not cut off their opportunity to come here completely.
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    I studied at an American university. I work hard at my job on a nonimmigrant visa, and I didn’t steal any American’s job as my company still has many vacancies for my role, that they pay very competitively. The only reason I am able to stay is that I come from a country that has a work visa agreement with the US. But I can never immigrate permanently. This lottery is pretty much my only avenue to permanent residency. I think this program is the immigration equivalent of the American Dream. Killing it would be of no benefit to anyone.
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    No No No. Sounds like more racist rhetoric to me.
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    The USA is the greatest country in the world, so wouldn't we want the best people from around the world coming here? Yes we would! It will strengthen our economy and our country! It doesn't matter what your race or religion is, only if you would benefit our great country. Also let me remind you, the man who ran over people with a truck on Halloween in NYC was brought here on the Diversity lottery program.
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    This is the land of immigrants; not the fenced in yard of bigots!
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    Agree with merit system rather than random process
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    When will we address the needs of our current families; the lives of the children living here RIGHT NOW. What about that diversity that currently exists? Who will value the dreams of American CHILDREN living in the most prosperous country in the free world! WHEN DO THEIR LIVES MATTER? Internal humanitarian focused legislation. Stop trying to dictate a false agenda to the world, when children right here at home are dying due to lack of healthcare, going to bed hungry, and receive a 2nd world education.
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    Immigration to the US should be made by people who ‘want’ to come here because they believe in the American culture. Immigrants should also be vetted for communicable disease and political views. If they are found to have an illness they should not be released into the public until after successful treatment and if they are found to have extremist views they should not be allowed to enter at all.
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    The U.S. does not need to be the world's dumping ground for immigration. It is time for us to get control of our immigration policies and end the "Daddy Warbucks" immigration mentality that has become a curse to our citizens. Only those who can supplement our citizen work force should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S.
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    In the society we live in today we should never let people in by the luck of the draw. We have to remember that we are not loved or even liked by other nations.
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    Put and end to this destructive program.
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    Merit based with sponsorship for our safety.
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    Without question. If this bill had the publicity it deserved when first proposed it would have received vehement opposition.
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    Merit, it should be merit.
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    My personal belief is that immigration, or any other system of passage, should be merit-based. Not to discredit the ethics of all contemporary immigrants, but when my family (on both sides) immigrated sixty years ago, they toiled away and took care of their numerous children. Did they receive government assistance or subsidies? Yes, but they weren't firm believers in having the government take care of them. They embodied the true notion of independence and took the initiative to prosper. Today, my mother, father and their siblings are a byproduct of their values. Their ethics are what makes America great; not a lottery system designed to arbitrarily select strangers that don't undergo proper vetting. They could have a criminal history or worse. Anyway, I'm sure there are many angles towards this system, but this is simply my outlook. I'm looking forward to reading everyone else's input!
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    Duh, no brainer. If you were gonna have an immigration program shouldn’t it be based on merit not random drawings..
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    John Katko, and the rest of the Trumpites will follow their racist, sexual predator of a leader, to the end of the earth. They must all be removed in order to free our selves and children from tyranny.
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    My parents are Indian immigrants and I’m against this stupid lottery. My parents went to college and then medical school and then got their visa accepted to come here and work as doctors. They were vetted and approved. This lottery thing is stupid. You want to come to this country, you have to contribute
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