Terrorist suspect Sayfullo Saipov allegedly rammed his truck into pedestrians in New York City, killing eight and injuring 11 more. Witness said he shouted the Muslim battle cry, “Allahu Akbar” as he fled after committing his crime. In notes found in his truck, Saipov identified himself as a Muslim radical.
Saipov came to the United States from Uzbekistan under the Visa Diversity Lottery, an immigration category which randomly admits 50,000 people a year from countries around the world, including countries with ties to terrorism. Critics charge that the lottery is very weak on screening applicants. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) stated that “The diversity lottery serves no discernibe humanitarian or economic interest. . . . It is a policy that has far outlived its usefulness, if indeed it ever had any utility.”