Virgil Goode

Hesham Mohamed Hedayet who shot up Los Angeles International Airport in 2002, killing two people and wounding four others, would not have been allowed into this country had he not “won” the visa lottery. Other terrorists such as Detroit sleeper cell member Karim Koubriti were allowed into this country on a Diversity Immigrant Visa.

Additionally, the Visa Lottery encourages illegal immigration. Illegal aliens who have already broken into this country can apply for legal citizenship through the diversity lottery without even returning to their nation of origin.

The Diversity Visas Lottery is also ripe for fraud. The Wall Street Journal reported that one man entered the drawing 2,800 times last year. He was caught and denied consideration, but amazingly, he is still allowed to reapply the next year.

Finally, every single immigrant who comes to this country on Diversity Immigrant Visa is given a permanent work authorization. While these visas are less than 5% of the total number of green cards issued each year, that is still 50,000 jobs that could be going to American citizens.

It’s long past time that America ends the lottery. I applaud the House Judiciary Committee for taking this important first step and urge the rest of the House and the Senate to follow their lead.

Virgil Goode

Virgil Goode represented Virginia’s 5th Congressional District from 1997 until 2009.