Trump calls for 'merit based' immigration after NYC terror attack

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"The DVs are distributed among six geographic regions and no single country may receive more than seven percent of the available DVs in any one year", the website explains. The assaulter has been recognized as Sayfullo Saipov, a 29-year-old truck driver who had lived in Tampa, Florida and recently moved to Paterson, New Jersey. It is the backbone of our entire counter-terrorism apparatus. "We must get MUCH tougher (and smarter)", he added.

Supporters say the lottery enhances the nation's diversity and counters the idea that the United States is shutting its doors to foreigners. The views expressed in this article are those of just the author.

Trump typically touts his travel ban following terror attacks around the world, using it as an example of why the U.S. needs a better immigration system.

It followed a 1965 immigration law that had aimed to do away with an existing quota system which heavily benefited white Europeans.

Mr Trump has backed a conservative bill in the US Senate which aims to scrap the green card lottery, halve the number of immigrants to the US and cap the number of refugees. "It's not good. It hasn't been good, and we've been against it", the president said in remarks at the start of a cabinet meeting at the White House. He delayed for two days criticizing white nationalists for their violent protest in Charlottesville, Va., this summer. "And that's not acceptable", Trump said. "I want to know the facts".

Trump has reacted via Twitter to the recent deadly attack in New York City. They said Schumer helped push for a program that took effect in 1995.

Several media outlets have reported that Saipov - a former Cuyahoga Falls resident - used the program to enter the United States.

New York City law-enforcement officials blasted the cuts back in March.

The roots of the diversity visa program stem from consequences of a landmark overhaul in 1965 that led to large numbers of immigrants from Asia and Latin America. "I want merit based", Trump tweeted early Wednesday. Neither man said they had spoken directly to the president, although neither said they felt such a call was necessary.

"'Senator Chuck Schumer helping to import Europes problems' said Col.Tony Shaffer". "I hope we can include this area of common ground as we work to fix our broken immigration system and strengthen our national security".

Trump said he is considering sending Saipov to Guantanamo Bay detention camp, a prison set up in 2002 as part of the U.S. war on terror. "The contrast between President Bush's actions after 9-11 and President Trump's actions this morning could not be starker".

Proponents of the program say it brings immigrants to the U.S. from countries that don't send many people to America. Trump opposed that plan.

Trump joined in on the extreme right's concerns Wednesday morning by also blaming the attack on the senator, who has called the attack a tragedy.

That bill received hearings in the House but was eventually rolled into another bill, H.R. 4300.

"This is something the president has been talking about for a long time", she said.

"There's no evidence at all that people who might meet a merit-based requirement would somehow be less likely to radicalize than anybody else", Theresa Brown, director of immigration policy at Bipartisan Policy Center, told HuffPost.

"Diversity lottery sounds nice- it's not nice".