Business, Progressives, Promote Visa Lottery After Jihad Attack

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Progressives and business groups are defending the visa lottery program which invited Islamic believer Saifullah Saipov into the United States before he apparently murdered eight cyclists in New York on November 1.

Republicans, in contrast, are reacting to populist pressure by stepping up their calls for pro-American immigration rules.

A native of Uzbekistan, “Saipov had been in the United States since 2010, and given that all green card categories are screened equally, it is highly unlikely that the fact of his status as a green card holder under the Diversity Visa Lottery is related to his subsequent terrorist act,” said a statement from the business-first advocacy group, the Bipartisan Policy Center.

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