In the wake of Manhattan terror attack that killed 8 people and injured several others, US President Donald Trump has slammed the visa lottery programme that brought the attacker Sayfullo Saipov in the country. Trump suggested that the US Congress must bring the visa lottery to an end and put the immigrants in the country under tighter scrutiny. In a rant on Thursday, he tweeted, “We are fighting hard for Merit Based immigration, no more Democrat Lottery Systems. We must get MUCH tougher (and smarter).”
Lambasting the terror attack accused, the US President indicated that a mere trial in New York would not serve enough justice as he is pondering over sending Saipov to Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, a military prison of United States established to detain extraordinarily dangerous people. Adding to his stern stance towards the attacker and the immigration programme, Trump said, “We have to get much tougher, much smarter, and less politically correct.”
After the Department of Homeland Security officials confirmed that Sayfullo entered the United States through the visa lottery programme in 2010 from Uzbekistan, a fiery Trump said that the lottery needs to be eliminated as soon as possible. The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program gives visa to 50,000 people for a green card every year. The visa is awarded to the people from countries with extremely low rates of immigration to US.
Earlier on Wednesday, Sayfullo Saipov hired a pick-up truck and rammed it into pedestrians and cyclists killing 8, injuring 13 on Lower Manhattan’s West Side, New York. Among the people killed, 5 were Argentinians and 1 was a Belgian woman. After executing the horrific crime, Sayfullo jumped out of the truck brandishing guns in each hand — a paint-ball gun and a pellet gun. After arresting him, the police said that he was planning the attack from weeks.