Locals react to Trump's call to end Diversity Visa Lottery

The diversity visa lottery offers people a chance to come to the United States with a few requirements and the luck of the draw.

SAN ANTONIO - The rest of the world calls it "the golden ticket."

The diversity visa lottery offers people a chance to come to the United States with a few requirements and the luck of the draw.

After the terrorist attack in Manhattan, President Trump is calling on Congress to stop the program, saying countries 'are not bringing their best.'

Sakib Shaikh, board member of the Muslim Children Education Civic Center said Trump's statements are not true.

"You know what he should really do," Shaikh said, "he should take a day and walk in the footsteps of an immigrant."

Shaikh said the visa is all about bringing different backgrounds to the United States.

"The point is not to bring them based on their skill," he said. "It's based on their diversity and with a good vetting process that should be fine."

The country issues up to 50,000 of these visas a year. There are no required sponsors and no application fee. The requirements are a high school diploma and 2 years of work experience, plus an extensive background check.

"The radicalization, in this case, happened in our own borders," Immigration Attorney Lance Curtwright said.

"Demonizing an entire group is really not fair, especially when there are so many and had no problems what so ever."

Shaikh said if the program were to be eliminated, it would go against what the United States stands for.

"An immigrant is someone who sacrifices everything, leaves everything and starts fresh," Shaikh said, "that's what this country was built on."

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