Where do recipients of the diversity visa lottery come from, and how have the numbers changed in the last decade? CNN’s Ryan Struyk depicts the data in graphs.
By Ryan Struyk (CNN) |
WASHINGTON, DC (CNN)―President Donald Trump called for the end of the diversity immigration lottery visa (commonly known as Diversity Visa Lottery) after a terror suspect in New York mowed down bikers in lower Manhattan, killing eight people and injuring more than a dozen others.
Sayfullo Saipov, 29, came to the United States legally in 2010 from Uzbekistan through the diversity immigration lottery visa program, a system that Trump has asked Congress to end in the wake of the attack.
Each year, the State Department randomly selects roughly 50,000 applicants to be awarded green cards. Most of the recipients in 2016 were from Africa and Europe, though that year the country with the most successful applicants were from Nepal.
The program’s goal is to admit more immigrants from “countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States,” according to the State Department.
The system requires applicants to have a high school education or equivalent, as well as two years of qualifying work experience. It also requires them to meet the same vetting standards as any other immigration program.
Trump has made cracking down on undocumented immigration and terror threats a cornerstone of his national security agenda as President and during his campaign for the White House.
But where do recipients of the diversity lottery visa come from, and how have the numbers changed in the last decade?
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