Trump says idiotic things every of the week. Honestly, it is hard to even take him seriously anymore – but I know people will be concerned about his comments today – so I will address them.
As many will know, there was a terrorist attack yesterday by a scumbag originally from Uzbekistan. As far as Trump can be believed, the terrorist originally gained his Green Card through the DV lottery program – and in true ignorant style, Trump began to discuss this as a need to shut down the DV lottery program.
So – can Trump act on that? Can he stop the DV lottery program, based on his whim? NO – he cannot.
The DV lottery is part of US immigration law. As has been demonstrated several times over the recent months, US law is more powerful than the ill informed rantings of a moronic president. He does have power to instruct his administration to operate in certain ways – so he could, for instance, slow down background checks and so on – but to an extent, we have already seen those changes over the last year or two (even prior to Trump’s election).
Now – Trump can ask congress to debate and vote on proposed immigration bills – and there are bills already in process that would, if adopted, end the DV program in favor of merit based systems. However, existing bills are very “ambitious” in their approach, to the point where the bills are unlikely to have broad support. Without that support, the bills are irrelevant. Could there be a new bill introduced that selectively ended the DV program – yes – theoretically that is possible, but not likely in my opinion – and would not be implemented fast enough to affect the current DV2018 program.
So to be clear. There is no impact to the DV2018 program.
In the immediate term the DV program has appeared in the news in this sad and unfortunate way. Trump had clearly never even heard of the DV lottery – he called it the “diversory lottery”.
Frankly, the method of immigration 7 years ago is largely irrelevant – whether this terrorist was here through the DV lottery or some other way makes no difference. The fact is, he became radicalized here in the USA. Trump fails to understand that.
Trump also fails to understand the many positive stories from the DV lottery program. People who come here through DV are brave and ambitious people. It’s hard to go through the process, and it is very hard to move to a new country and make a new life in a strange country. Those that do it want the best for themselves and their energy, effort and diversity enriches the lives of all they meet.
So finally I would say to keep calm. Ignore the words of the person who sits in the White House at the moment – and remember that the USA is greater than one unwise fool.
November 17, 2017 at 16:10
Pls Brit meaning of unlocking
November 17, 2017 at 21:41
When you submit your DS260 the form is not editable (locked). If you need to change details you have to unlock.
November 17, 2017 at 16:13
Pls Brit is it advisable to unlock bcos of problem with date of birth
November 17, 2017 at 21:30
Having an accurate DS260 is advisable – so yes.
November 17, 2017 at 17:43
Hi dear Brit. Thanks for every information about dv.
What are you think about it? :
The amendments made by this section shall take effect as if enacted on October 1, 2017.
3. And when will they have a vote?
4. May I have a chance my CN eu27xxx
November 17, 2017 at 21:02
1. It’s just a proposed bill for discussion. That’s all.
3. I don’t know
November 18, 2017 at 06:33
Ok. Thank you very much.
But why they have written from 1 October 2017 not 2018?
If this Bill will enacted can they change this date?
November 18, 2017 at 14:33
Yes it could be changed.
November 29, 2017 at 20:54
Hello mister Simon. How are you?
When are they to introduce another phase this Bill?
November 29, 2017 at 21:41
The process of fighting both sides is continuing. Right now, DV selectees from affected countries must show a bona fide relationship with someone in the USA.
November 30, 2017 at 00:49
Dear Brit just want to find out if the kcc are through with the VB s of the month of November ?so we who have not received should begin waiting in december coming up ? Thanks .
November 30, 2017 at 01:13
I don’t think anymore January interviews will be scheduled. So, yes – the next interviews will be scheduled in a few weeks from now, and will occur in February.
December 14, 2017 at 19:41
Do you really think that Dv – 2018 is safe or not like threats are increasing and im getting scared! THanks brit
December 14, 2017 at 19:56
Do I really have to keep repeating myself?
December 14, 2017 at 22:36
Sorry man i know you get those questions a lot like but with the ongoing stuff i just wanted to make sure. anyways im sorry im just kinda scared thats all thanks for the value anyway man
May 24, 2018 at 16:45
Reading your blog, a lot of good info.
What do you think about the people selected in the DV2019? Do they stand a chance? Is there any news update regarding the cancellation?
Thanks a lot
May 24, 2018 at 16:54
DV2019 is not cancelled at this point.
June 18, 2018 at 10:36
If the “compromise” immigration bill passes through the house in the upcoming days, could it affect the DV 2019 lottery?
June 18, 2018 at 14:04
It’s just a bill without much support. Several similar bills were voted on and went nowhere. Forget about it.
June 18, 2018 at 14:12
hello mr brit how are you second when did the supreme court will take last decision of the travel ban and what do you think about the outcomes
June 18, 2018 at 19:03
I don’t know when the decision will be announced – but I would assume it will be by the end of this month – as that is within the working term of the supreme court. I have no idea what their decision will be.