Bill to drop the U.S. Visa Lottery is Referred to House

Chron, July 20, 2011

Every year millions of would-be immigrants take a gamble and submit their names for the U.S. government’s annual visa lottery.

The odds of getting permission to move to the United States are slim at best–nearly 15 million people applied in 2010 for 55,000 visas–could get slimmer.

A bill to abolish the annual lottery was referred by the Judiciary Committee to the full House Wednesday.

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Democratic opponents, including Michigan Democrat John Conyers, countered that eliminating the visa lottery would essentially end legal immigration from African nations and reduce the overall number of visas available to all immigrants.

“The diversity program has always been an important part of our immigration system,” Conyers said. “I’m looking to improve it. It provides a legal option for qualified individuals. Without this program our immigration system would look very different, and not in a good way.”

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  • Anonymous

    The diversity visa lottery was cooked up by Teddy Kennedy and then-president George Bush I blithely went along with the scheme. Hundreds of thousand of exotic foreigners from the far corners of the Third World have benefited from it. Another gift from Teddy Kenndy that just keeps giving I suppose.

  • Bill R

    Actually, Conyers, the American people are catching on. We now realize that what you have been doing is to import an entire new electorate that will ensure liberals remain in power always. AND, we realize that what YOU personally want is to grow the Black population until we whites are the minority. Typical black short sightedness. When WE are in the minority, YOUR gravy train ends, as does the handouts to all blacks. It’s the stupid White people who pay taxes and work that provide for “your people” to sit around and do nothing but hold their hands out while they gripe about White people.

    No worries though. There are enough RINOs and liberals in the Senate to block any such common sense bill as this. Unfortunately for the country.

  • X-man

    “It provides a legal option for qualified individuals”

    I’d be interested to know what are the qualifications to be eligible for the lottery ? My hunch is the threshold for qualification is pretty low, but I could be wrong.

    “Without this program our immigration system would look very different, and not in a good way”

    …that’s all there is to it.

  • Question Diversity

    Related news:

    http://goo.gl/OgNam

    Translation: The legal dispossession of native born white Americans can continue, as long as the particular non-whites that get to do it are chosen perfectly at random.

    From this article above:

    “The diversity program has always been an important part of our immigration system,” Conyers said.

    Always? As if 1990 was the beginning of time? The “diversity visa” program happened in the same immigration legislative package that the H-xB and L-x visa programs started, and Bush 41’s signature inflicted them all on us at the same time.

  • fred

    “The diversity program has always been an important part of our immigration system,” Conyers said.

    No it hasn’t. Prior to 1965 immigration was structured according to the National Origins Formula.

    “I’m looking to improve it. It provides a legal option for qualified individuals. Without this program our immigration system would look very different, and not in a good way.”

    Conyers isn’t looking to improve anything. He just wants more African immigrants because he’s black.

  • Wayne Engle

    So Conyers thinks ending the visa lottery would effectively end legal immigration from Africa and reduce the number of visas available to all immigrants? Then, what’s not to like about it? If we could make sure that most of the reduced number of visas went to immigrants of European origin, it would be well-nigh perfect!

  • WASP

    Conyers is a joke. He was in the news recently for letting his house go into disrepair. The neighbors called the local news station just to get his lazy kids to cut the grass. The jobless kids hired a company to come and cut the grass.

    His wife Monica Conyers is in prison for taking bribes while on the Detroit city council. It turns my stomach to see a fool like conyers passing laws that impacts my life.

  • Anonymous

    Conyers every year submits his reparation bill. He does not look around to see what free hands have done to his “people” all he cares about are votes. This country will never move forward with people like him. His wife was indicted on corruption charges.

  • Anonymous

    While they are at it, stop the H-1Bs, 75% unemployment for our software engineers is quite enough thank you.

  • heh

    @ #5 fred:

    > Conyers isn’t looking to improve anything. He just wants more African immigrants because he’s black.

    That’s like in hiring; supposedly people want to hire people like themselves, so you don’t want to hire the first weak employee. Your comment about Conyers parallels that.

  • Fr. John

    My citizenship as an American is NOT up for some lottery!

    Conyers, put YOURS up for grabs, and then YOU can move to whatever land the next ‘contestant’ for selection comes from…. just to be ‘fair!’

  • Cliff yablonski

    John Conyers wants more Africans because they will vote for him.

    So do most Democrats.

    It’s time to abolish the federal government and let the states become individual political entities, something the founding fathers would approve of if they saw the monster they created today.

  • Anonymous

    US residency, and particularly citizenship, is one of the most valuable things on the planet. Why give it away with the randomness of a lottery? Given infinite demand for our way of life, why can’t we choose those that will help perpetuate it? I suppose that is discrimination, the choosing of what is best. Cowards way out to choose, a lottery.

  • Whiteplight

    The U.S. curtailed ALL immigration in the 1920s. It actually made the country not only look better, but function better. It allowed all the fresh immigrants that had arrived during the nearly 40 years massive influx from Southern and Eastern Europe time to assimilate, and most importantly, for their children to gain an American identity. It was those children who fought for America and the Free World in WW2 and constitute was is usually termed, The Greatest Generation. That term will NEVER be used for the children of immigrants again in our history.