President Trump and top congressional Republicans promised Wednesday to scrap the country’s green-card lottery after it became clear that the suspect in this week’s terrorist truck attack in New York City used the Diversity Visa Lottery to gain a foothold in the U.S. in 2010.
Sayfullo Saipov, an immigrant from Uzbekistan, plowed a rented truck down a bike path Tuesday afternoon, wounding a dozen people and killing eight, police said. Six of those killed also were foreigners.
As a lawful permanent resident, he was on the intermediate step along the pathway to citizenship.
Mr. Saipov is at least the third Uzbek to face terrorism accusations in recent years and the fifth person admitted under the visa lottery to face terrorism-related charges, giving ammunition to a White House that just last month proposed axing the lottery in any immigration bill in Congress.