-President Donald Trump vows to end the US Green card lottery programme as soon as possible.
-This follows revelations that a radicalized man who plowed a truck into cyclists in New York came in through the programme.
Donald Trump to dash the hopes of several immigrants hoping to obtain US permanent resident permit through the green card visa lottery.
United States President, Donald Trump, on Wednesday, vowed to end the popular US green card lottery after police identified a radicalised Uzbek man that rammed a truck into some pedestrians and cyclists in New York, came into America through the programme.
If actualized, the move will crush the hopes of millions of people around the world who have tried to win US residence permits through the program since it was created 27 years ago.
“I am starting the process of terminating the diversity lottery program,” Trump angrily told reporters.
“We have to do what’s right to protect our citizens,” he said. “We will get rid of this lottery program as soon as possible.”
According to Trump, Sayfullo Saipov, identified by authorities as the man who intentionally rammed a rented truck into cyclists and pedestrians on a New York City bike path Tuesday, came to the country via the program in 2010.
The 29-year old Saipov, was arrested after being shot by police.
Information obtained by Naija News, said he executed his plans after several weeks of planning based on online instructions received from the ISIS group.
The US Green card lottery programme gives permanent resident visas to around 50,000 applicants from around the world each year.
Trump had severally, during electioneering campaigns last year, threatened to tighten immigration procedures, including building a wall across the border between USA and Mexico.