The Manhattan attacker fits the typical terrorism M.O. like a spandex mitten (see Cowardly CNN Avoids Using “Allahu Akbar” While Covering Manhattan Terrorist Attack and ALLAHU AKBAR: NYC Attacker An Immigrant Who Pledged Allegiance to ISIS…). As details emerge about his Middle Easterny name, his fondness for Allah, and his country of origin, we also know how he got here: through the Diversity Visa Program.
Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov – the attacker, in case you’ve been asleep for the last two days – is a 29-year-old immigrant from Uzbekistan. He came to the U.S. through a random chance “lottery” immigration program. Here are the top 5 things you need to know about the program.
1. What is the Diversity Visa Program?
It’s also known as the Diversity Visa Lottery. Here’s how it works:
- 50,000 visas available annually
- Those who are eligible are chosen randomly
- Entries are drawn from countries with low immigration status
- Draws from 6 global regions
- Those eligible must meet basic green card requirements
2. Who Created the Program
- The “Immigration Act of 1990” was originally proposed by Chuck Schumer
- The original act requested the dispersion of 75,000 visas to “low immigration” regions
- The act was brought before a conference committee
- Within four days the act was passed by the House and Senate
- Schumer’s brainchild came to life like as a more horrific version of Frankenstein
Ever since the passing of the act, at least 40,000 visas have been up-for-grabs each year for diversity “winners.” It’s important for your pretty little mind to remember these applicants are RANDOMLY selected. They don’t have any special talents. They can’t bend in half and join the USA gymnastics team. They can’t balance chainsaws on their chins.
3. To Whom the Program Applies
Six global regions deemed underrepresented in the U.S. are included in the Diversity Visa Program:
- North America (excluding Mexico)
- South America, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean
Those applying for this program get “familial priority.” Meaning if the applicant has legal family in America, particularly a spouse, the applicant is given priority. This can lead to fraud. Lucy marries Jamar for money and leaves when Jamar starts construction on his bomb vests. He’s too preoccupied with his work and Lucy says he just doesn’t listen anymore. Divorce happens. But only after Jamar is in the USA.
4. Major Problems of the Program
- Little is known about “lottery winners” once they enter the U.S.
- Those applying are susceptible to fraud (people who promise to get applicants in faster, then take all their money)
- It’s difficult to verify the identity of applicants (fraud committed by applicants)
- Pervasive fraud, fraud, and more fraudulent fraud not listed here.
Security concerns over the program have been so immense, the Congressional Research Service and the Government Accountability Office have issued extensive reports on the program’s dangers. The official immigration office even puts a warning against fraud on its website.
So there’s that.
5. How the Program Applies to the Manhattan Attacker
“According to Conservative Review, the U.S. has “admitted over 59,000 legal permanent residents from Uzbekistan since 2001.”’
Our unfriendly neighborhood Uzbekistani came to the U.S. in 2010 through the program. He may have been encouraged to apply the U.S., who advertises the program on its embassy’s website in Uzbekistan. Tax-payer dollars at work.
Sources listed above and here, for your reference – read them and be unendingly astonished at how informed you are: