Tom Cotton: NYC Terror Attack ‘Entirely Preventable’ if Not for Diversity Visa Lottery Program


The terrorist attack that left eight individuals dead was “entirely preventable” if not for the Diversity Visa Lottery, the program used by the terror suspect to enter the United States, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) says.

The Diversity Visa Lottery gives out 50,000 visas every year to foreign nationals from a multitude of countries, including those with known terrorist problems – such as Afghanistan, Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Syria, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, Yemen, and Uzbekistan.

Sayfullo Saipov — the 29-year-old man who allegedly mowed down pedestrians in the Tribeca neighborhood of New York City — entered the U.S. in 2010 from Uzbekistan under the Diversity Visa Lottery before obtaining a Green Card, as Breitbart News reported.

“Yesterday’s attack was an outrage, especially because it was entirely preventable,” Cotton said in a statement. “The diversity visa lottery program has long been deeply flawed, but now we see very clearly how it’s a threat to our national security.”

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