Akayed Ullah, a Bangladesh national, injured three individuals when he tried to detonate a suicide bomb in New York City.

Akayed Ullah arrived in the United States in 2011 as a “chain migrant” of his uncle, who had previously come to the country through the visa lottery. Ullah, who is a legal permanent resident of the U.S., reportedly told police he was inspired by ISIS to carry out the attack. Chain migration allows new immigrants to the United States to bring an unlimited number of foreign relatives with them. President Donald J. Trump has been asking for an end to lottery visas and chain migration and for a meritbased immigration system during his campaign and in the White House.

On December 12, 2017, Brian Freeman wrote an article titled “Trump Calls on Congress to End Chain Migration, Visa Lottery Program” which was published by Newsmax. Freeman said that President Donald Trump demanded Congress end both chain migration and the diversity visa lottery program, saying they present a danger to national security. The president said the legal immigration programs were to blame for two recent terror attacks in New York City since that is how the terrorists in each incident legally entered the United States.

President Donald Trump wants to end both chain migration and the diversity visa lottery.

President Trump stated the following: “We’re gonna end both of them. We’re going to end ’em. Fast. Congress must get involved immediately, and they are involved immediately, and I can tell you we have tremendous support. The terrible harm that this flawed system [of extended-family chain migration] inflicts on America’s security and economy has long been clear. America must fix its lax immigration system, which allows far too many dangerous, inadequately vetted people to access our country.”

Freeman explained that President Trump made those comments after Akayed Ullah, who on December 11, 2017, tried to detonate a bomb in the city’s subway system. Ullah came to America from Bangladesh in 2011 on a visa for children of siblings of American citizens, according to the Department of Homeland Security. In October 2017, another terrorist in another attack in New York City was found to have legally arrived in the U.S. using the visa lottery program.

Sarah Sanders was appointed White House press secretary to President Trump in July 2017.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had also sent a similar message, Freeman pointed out, saying “We must protect our borders, we must ensure that individuals entering our country are not coming to do harm to people, and we must move to a merit-based immigration system.”

On December 13, 2017, John Binder wrote in Breitbart that conservative commentator Michelle Malkin appeared on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends.” She criticized Republicans and Democrats in Congress for failing to end the so-called diversity visa lottery program. This failed immigration policy has been exploited by foreign terrorists. Binder said that Malkin attacked the Republican-led Congress “for not having already ended the visa lottery, where 50,000 visas are randomly given out to foreign nationals from a multitude of countries.” Those countries include Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Syria, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, Yemen, and Uzbekistan with known terrorist problems.

Malkin stated the following: “There are millions of people around the world who are clamoring to get in here the right way and the fact that we still do it randomly tells you how much insanity — politically incorrect sanity — has set in. I mean, it was just seven weeks ago with the truck jihadist, who also got in here through the Diversity Visa Lottery and also benefitted from the chain migration insanity that we had people saying ‘Oh yeah, we’ve got to get rid of it! We’ve got to get rid of it! ‘And I’m so exasperated my friends because I’ve been calling for the end of this program for the last 15 years.”

“We should value citizenship and entry into this country much more than we have been and both parties have shrugged their shoulders. There have been legislative bills, stand-alone bills, to eliminate the Diversity Visa program for the last 15 years. They’ve gathered dust. The SAFE Act, before the House Judiciary Committee in 2011, just sat there doing nothing. We’ve got the RAISE Act, which is co-sponsored by Tom Cotton and David Perdue, which would have eliminated the Visa Lottery program. It’s been gathering dust. How many more people have to die or be threatened before we get rid of this stupidity?”

Breitbart News reported that under the visa lottery system, 14,869 Bangladeshi nationals entered the U.S. between 2007 and 2012. “This man that came in –or whatever you want to call him –brought in, with him, other people,” President Trump said during his Cabinet meeting on December 13, 2017. “And he was a point, he was the point of contact—the primary point of contact for, and this is preliminary—23 people that came in, or potentially came in with him.”

Sayfullo Saipov came to America in 2010 from Uzbekistan under a Diversity Visa Program.

On October 31, 2017, Sayfullo Saipov drove a rented truck into cyclists and runners for about one mile alongside a bike path in Lower Manhattan in New York City. He killed eight people and injured eleven others. After crashing the truck into a school bus, Saipov left the truck and was shot in the abdomen by a policeman and arrested. A flag and a document indicating allegiance to the Islamic State or ISIS were found.

John Binder explained that chain migration occurs when immigrants come to America simply to be united with a relative already living in the nation. The type of visa Saipov had could have allowed dozens of his family members into America. The Department of Homeland Security told FoxNews that Saipov was admitted to the U.S. “upon presentation of a passport with a valid diversity immigrant visa to U.S. Customs and Border Protection in 2010.”

Many Republicans in Congress support the president in reforming the immigration system to one based on merit

John Binder said that Congressional Republicans supported the president’s call for “extreme vetting” and the repeal or reform of the Diversity Visa Lottery Program. “The lottery system, I’ve always been against it because it’s random—completely random,” Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee Michael McCaul (Republican from Texas) stated on FoxNews’ “Fox & Friends” on December 13, 2017. “I thought it should be merit-based…I have been working with Chairman Bob Goodlatte to abolish this system, and I think this case just further demonstrates why that is absolutely necessary.”

Binder pointed out that Congressman Bob Goodlatte (Republican from Virginia) said he has called for ending the diversity visa lottery “for years” and has sponsored legislation to do that. Congressman said the following: “This flawed policy is just foolish in the age in which we live. Those in the world who wish us harm can easily engage in this statistical gamble with nothing to lose. Our immigration policy should be based primarily on our national needs, security, and economics and not in part on any arbitrary system.” Senator John McCain (Republican from Arizona) said the Diversity Visa Program should be scrapped and replaced with a merit-based immigration system. 

Binder explained that Republican senators David Perdue from Georgia and Tom Cotton from Arkansas proposed eliminating the Diversity Visa Lottery Program as part of the RAISE Act. Senator Perdue said that “While Senate Democrats originally created the Diversity Visa Lottery in 1990 many have supported legislation that would have eliminated it in the years since.” Senator Perdue added, “I hope we can include this area of common ground as we work to fix our broken immigration system and strengthen our national security.”


Congress needs to end chain migration and lottery visas and create a merit-based system as it is done in most countries in the world. America’s immigration policy should be based primarily on national needs, security, and economics.

There have been legislative bills, stand-alone bills, to eliminate the Diversity Visa program for the last 15 years. But none have become law. It is time to act before more Americans are killed by terrorists coming by lottery visas or chain migration.