Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach on Monday said thereâ€™s no national interest behind the Diversity Immigrant Visa program and that it will take an act of Congress to end the green card program.
â€œWith these lottery winners, there is zero national interest and yet we are taking on the risk that we are going to admit yet another terrorist to the lottery,â€ Kobach said during an interview with FOX Businessâ€™ Lou Dobbs.
President Trump is calling for an end to the immigration program, the process through which the New York City terror attack suspect entered the country.
â€œI am going to ask Congress to immediately initiate work to get rid of this program, Diversity Lottery. [The program] sounds nice, it is not nice, it is not good. It hasn't been good and we have been against it," Trump said during a White House Cabinet meeting last Wednesday.
The green card lottery program offers around 50,000 visas per year from countries where there is a low rate of immigration to the United States.
â€œWith other green cards that we give out, usually there is a national interest that we need someone to fill that job or they have a valuable skill or were reuniting a U.S. citizen with his family,â€ Kobach said.