And the winner is…Iran. The U.S. Department of State recently announced that from more than 370,000 Iranians who registered for the 2013 Diversity Visa lottery, 6,000 won and will received the coveted green card prize. Iran has the highest rate of DV winners among participating countries. [Over 6,000 Iranians Win U.S. Green Card Lottery in DV-2013 Program, by Mark Johnson, Kabir News, August 31, 2012]
Since 1995 when the bipartisan Barbara Jordan Commission recommended that Congress eliminate the diversity lottery, the program has been under fire for, among other things, its randomness. The DV, established as part of the 1990 Immigration Act, rewards foreign nationals within the United States with permanent residency regardless of family ties (or lack thereof), their few individual skills, little education and despite the potential national security and terrorism threats they represent. Even though the 50,000 annual visas obviously serve no national purpose, killing the program off has been impossible.
During the same week that Iranians received their winning notifications, Canada Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird cut diplomatic ties with Iran citing terrorism concerns. Baird ordered Canada’s Iranian embassy closed effective immediately and gave diplomats five days to leave Ottawa. Canada also formally listed Iran as a state sponsor of terrorism.
"Canada views the government of Iran as the most significant threat to global peace and security in the world today." [Canada Cuts Diplomatic Ties with Iran, Citing Terrorism, by Stephanie Levitz, Calgary Herald, September 7, 2012]
Curiously, ultra-liberal Canada has identified the enemy (Iran) and has severed ties with it. At the same time, the politically correct United States sticks with the DV beyond any logic and also lays out the carpet for a significant number of Iranian nationals. What’s wrong with that picture?
Thirty years ago, the State Department identified Iran as a terrorist nation. In 1984, it added Iran to its original 1979 list that included Cuba, Syria, Iraq and South Yemen. According to the State Department, since 2006 Iran has shipped large numbers of weapons to Afghanistan to increase its influence. Furthermore, according to the State Department, Iranian authorities provide:“lethal support, including weapons, training, funding, and guidance, to Iraqi Shia militant groups that target US and Iraqi forces.”
Congress is in a clueless, politically correct brain lock about the diversity visa and its negative impact on population growth, job displacement and assimilation. The SAFE for America Act of 2011 that would end the diversity lottery has a mere 44 co-sponsors, a disgracefully low total. With 9/11’s eleventh anniversary at hand, Congress should be ashamed for allowing a useless and dangerous practice like the diversity visa to continue in perpetuity.