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Cotton: Diversity Lottery Is a Threat to Our National Security

November 1, 2017

Contact: Caroline Rabbitt Tabler (202) 224-2353

Washington, D.C. - Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) today released the following statement on the revelation that the man who committed yesterday's terrorist attack in New York City came to the U.S. through the notoriously flawed diversity visa lottery program:

"Yesterday's attack was an outrage, especially because it was entirely preventable. The diversity visa lottery program has long been deeply flawed, but now we see very clearly how it's a threat to our national security. Senator Perdue and I have been working with our colleagues to eliminate this program, and this latest revelation makes our efforts only more urgent. I call upon my colleagues to pass the RAISE Act as soon as possible. We can't afford to wait any longer to fix our immigration system."