NY City Terror Attack
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Many members of Congress on Wednesday called for strict screening for immigrants trying to enter the U.S. but stopped short of agreeing with President Trump's call to end the diversity lottery visa program in the wake of a terrorist attack in New York City. Trump suggested the lottery program which gives up to 50,000 green cards per year to immigrants from countries with low immigration levels to the U.S. after some news reports said the suspect in the attack came to the U.S. from Uzbekistan through the program Trump told reporters at the White House on Wednesday that he would start the process of terminating the program and said he was going to ask Congress to "immediately initiate the work to get rid of this program." Trump also said in a tweet that he had ordered the Department of Homeland Security to ramp up "our already extreme vetting program." Lawmakers on Wednesday agreed with the president that the U.S. should have a strong vetting process for incoming immigrants, but neither Republicans nor Democrats echoed Trump's call to end the diversity lottery visa program. In remarks on the Senate floor Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Trump was using the tragedy for political gain. "I have always believed that immigration is good for America I believe it today. President Trump, instead of politicizing and dividing America, which he always seems to do at times of national tragedy, should be bringing us together and focusing on the real solution antiterrorism funding which he proposed to cut in his most recent budget." Schumer, then a member of the House, was a sponsor for the original program that was part of an immigration package that was approved on a bipartisan basis in 1990 and signed into law by President George H.W. Bush.