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History of the Visa Lottery System

Posted on January 24,2018

Immigration is currently one of the top issues that is facing our nation. As President Trump is looking to make drastic changes to the current immigration laws, it's important that we learn from our past as well. Read on to learn how the visa lottery system affects our nation.

Winning the Lottery

history of the IMAGEWhen we think of a lottery, many images can come to mind but more than likely we don't think of potentially 50,000 immigrants from countries with low immigration rates receiving green cards to live in the U.S. However, this is exactly the case with the current version of the diversity visa program. So, how did this program get started? Read on to find out.

Learning from History

It is said that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Visiting our nation's history, specifically the 1960's, the immigration laws prioritized those who had family connections already within the U.S. and individuals with desired skill sets for boosting the American economy. However, thousands of Irish people, desperate to escape their own crisis at home, came to the United States and overstayed their visas, creating a huge problem that needed to be addressed.


The diversity visa program was seen as the solution, and allowed for a continued flow of immigrants to enter the U.S. while ensuring that no nation received more than 7% of yearly visa quota. With only certain countries being eligible to receive these visas, and proper vetting done on all individuals who received the green cards, the aim was to promote our nation's best interests while extending a helping hand to those who needed it most.

While this program may be under scrutiny and fierce criticism on the part of our Commander in Chief, it's important that we as citizens examine both sides of this issue, and acknowledge that immigrants do not need to be seen as a problem or an obstacle to our nation's ability to gain peace and prosperity.  Rather, they can be of the utmost help, aiding our nation in times of need and providing unforeseen solutions to the many problems we face. Together, we can all play a role in our nation's success story.

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