Congress should abolish the Diversity Visa Program

Thursday's Editorial - November 9, 2017


1. Answer the following questions from the commentary:
a) How many people per year are awarded visas (and eventual citizenship) through the Diversity Visa Lottery Program?
b) How many people applied for the Diversity Lottery in both 2014 and 2015?
c) How much does it cost a person to apply for the Diversity Visa?
d) How much does it cost U.S. taxpayers to fund the personnel necessary to manage 14 million applications per year?
e) How do people commit fraud when applying for the Diversity Visa Lottery?

2. List four problems with the Diversity Visa Program that Ms. Raleigh details in this commentary.

3. From paragraph 11: “While many legal immigrants wait years to be admitted into the U.S. after paying enormous fees and providing every kind of legal document, the visa lottery program randomly gives 50,000 visas away with little requirement on language and work experience and without a strict vetting process.”
What is your reaction to this information?

4. Consider the fact that terrorists have used the program:

Ms. Raleigh concludes by recommending: “Congress should abolish [the Diversity Visa Lottery Program and transfer the 50,000 visa quotas to skill-based immigration.” Do you agree or disagree? Explain your answer.