Merit visas still exist, and are still the primary means of immigration. Vetting of the lottery winners still happens. This is not a “free pass” with no conditions. This is a program that brings in people who can contribute to our nation. Who can help us learn about and understand the wider world. It is an opportunity for us as much as it is for them. Fear of “the other” is the primary source of resistance, and if we give in to our fears, we stop being a leader and fail in our duties to humanity as the most privileged nation on earth.