Following the tragic attack in New York City, President Donald Trump announced that he wants to end the Diversity Visa Lottery Program saying, “We’re going to quickly as possible get rid of chain migration and move to a merit-based system.”
His response to the attack is not only misguided and based on fear, but it is also exploitative, seeking to further his administration’s attempts to curtail immigration. When the president uses phrases like “chain migration,” he essentially wants to make it more difficult for families to immigrate and stay together. Language matters.
We fear that ending the Diversity Visa Lottery Program may signal the beginning of other policies aimed to keep people apart.
-Christina Fialho, Co-Executive Director and Co-Founder, CIVIC