President Donald Trump on Wednesday vowed a battery of tough measures to curb immigration after a deadly terror attack in New York, but left the White House scrambling to figure out how to fulfil his promises, AFP reported.
Trump pledged sweeping changes and later called for the attacker to be put to death.
Trump announced he was “starting the process of terminating” America’s green card lottery.
“Diversity lottery. Diversity lottery. Sounds nice. It’s not nice,” he said. “We’re so politically correct that we’re afraid to do anything.”
The program was created 27 years ago and awards US permanent resident visas to around 50,000 applicants from around the world each year.
According to Trump, 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov, identified by authorities as the man who plowed a rented truck into cyclists and pedestrians on a New York City bike path Tuesday, came to the country via the program in 2010.