Calling terror suspect Sayfullo Saipov “an animal,” President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he will ask Congress to end the immigration lottery program, which he blamed for allowing Saipov to enter the United States.
“I am today starting the process of terminating the diversity lottery program,” Trump said at a Cabinet meeting. I’m going to ask Congress to immediately initiate work to get rid of this program, diversory [sic] and diversity lottery. Diversity lottery. Sounds nice, it’s not good. Not good. It hasn’t been good, and we’ve been against it.”
Trump said his administration would seek to end what he called “chain migration,” and institute “a merit-based program, where people come into our country based on merit.”
Trump made the comments during the meeting in the White House, where he also said he would consider sending Saipov to the military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, while he awaits trial.