President Trump on Wednesday tore into Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) for his support of an immigration program after a terrorist attack in New York City.
“The terrorist came into our country through what is called the ‘Diversity Visa Lottery Program,’” he tweeted. “A Chuck Schumer beauty. I want merit based.”
“We are fighting hard for Merit Based immigration, no more Democrat Lottery Systems,” Trump wrote. “We must get MUCH tougher (and smarter).”
“’Senator Chuck Schumer helping to import Europes problems,’ said Col. Tony Shaffer. We will stop this craziness!”
The terrorist came into our country through what is called the "Diversity Visa Lottery Program," a Chuck Schumer beauty. I want merit based.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 1, 2017
Trump was referencing a segment on Fox News’s “Fox & Friends” earlier Wednesday about conservative radio host Mark Levin’s broadcast the night before.
Levin on Tuesday criticized the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, noting Schumer’s sponsorship of the initiative.
Sayfullo Saipov allegedly struck pedestrians with a truck earlier Tuesday, killing at least eight people and wounding at least 11 more.
ABC 7 New York on Wednesday reported that Saipov, 29, entered the U.S. via the program from Uzbekistan in 2010.
NJ Advance Media on Wednesday reported that the initiative aims to diversify America’s immigrant population.
The program picks applicants from countries with low rates of immigration into the U.S., according to the State Department.
People born in or who have ties to a spouse or a parent from Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Central America, South America, Oceania and the Caribbean can apply.
Approximately 50,000 people enter the U.S. through the initiative annually, and The Washington Post reported most applicants originate from African nations.
The program – which took effect in 1995 – also boasts an education and work requirement as well.
Conservatives have long criticized the program, and several prominent right-wing commentators have since highlighted Schumer’s role in generating it.