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House Freedom Caucus backs bill to end diversity visa lottery

House Freedom Caucus backs bill to end diversity visa lottery
© Greg Nash

The House Freedom Caucus announced Monday that they would back a bill to end the diversity visa lottery.

The conservative group of lawmakers joined President Trump’s call to end the program in the wake of the terror attack in New York City last week. The suspect in the attack, Sayfullo Saipov, used the program to enter the U.S. in 2010.

The group threw their support behind a bill introduced by Rep. Bill Posey (R-Fla.).

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“In the wake of the recent terrorist attack in New York City, we call on House leadership to follow President Trump’s call to end the diversity visa lottery program,” the caucus said in a statement.

“We should have an up-or-down stand-alone vote on H.R. 1178 and send it to the Senate. As President Trump said, It’s time to get tougher and smarter on immigration,” the caucus said.

Eight people were killed when a truck was driven onto a bike path in New York City last Tuesday.

Trump said last week that he was “starting the process of terminating the diversity lottery program” and called on lawmakers to act “as soon as possible.”

Some senators have signaled that they would also support ending the program.