The State Dept is covered in crazy sauce. President Trump and those who understand the importance of getting rid of hostiles remaining in every agency, must act to clear out these nests. If it takes the ouster of Tillerson to get a handle on the State Dept then so be it. This is exactly the sort of thing that’s probably on auto-pilot but we know it’s happening and can be stopped. The simplest thing in the world must happen now: kill this insane Diversity Visa Lottery.
The State Department is now accepting applications for the 2019 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, letting people from Uzbekistan and hundreds of other countries–including all of the countries listed on President Trump’s most recent travel ban–that they have three more weeks to apply.
Each year, millions of foreign nationals submit entries for the Diversity Visa lottery program, and 50,000 are selected. In the past, one of them was the man from Uzbekistan who mowed down and killed eight people with a truck in New York City on Tuesday afternoon.
That terrorist came here in 2010, at age 22, through the luck of the draw.
The period for applying to participate in the next Diversity Visa lottery is open now and the State Department is letting potential applicants know.
“The 2019 entry period will run from 12:00 pm (noon), Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Wednesday, October 18, 2017, until 12:00 pm (noon), Eastern Standard Time (EST)(GMT-5), Wednesday, November 22, 2017,” the State Department says on the website instructing foreigners how to apply for the 2019 lottery.
“We cannot accept (2019) entries after noon EST on Tuesday, November 22, 2017.”
Only 21 days left.
Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act directs the State Department to accept 50,000 “diversity immigrants” annually from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.
Those selected for the program must meet “simple but strict eligibility requirements” to qualify for a Diversity Visa, the website says. Selectees must have “either a minimum high school education or its equivalent; OR two years of work experience within the past five years in an occupation that requires at least two years of training or experience to perform.