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Bill Would End Visa Lottery For Immigrants

July 25, 2011 by  

The visa lottery may be on the way out.A bill that would abolish the immigration visa lottery was recently referred from the Judiciary Committee to the full House.

The Associated Press reports that Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) introduced the bill that would abolish the Diversity Visa Lottery, which was introduced in 1995 to increase the diversity of immigrants to the United States.

The chances of winning the lottery are slim. For example, nearly 15 million people reportedly submitted their names for the 55,000 slots in 2010.

Critics of the system — which has issued more than 785,000 visas since it was introduced — say that such a lottery is bound to lead to corruption.

“It has long been fraught with fraud; fraud from applicants and third party brokers,” said Representative Elton Gallegly (R-Calif.). “A lottery by its very nature is a gamble and it’s a gamble our national security cannot afford.”

Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) said that the system was flawed, according to the news source.

“It’s an open invitation for fraud and a jackpot for terrorists,” he said.

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