President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he is considering sending the Uzbek immigrant accused of killing eight people in Tuesday’s terrorist attack in New York to the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and that he has begun dismantling the diversity visa lottery program through which the terror suspect came to the United States.
“I am today starting the process of terminating the diversity lottery program,” Trump told reporters at the White House during a meeting with his Cabinet. “I am going to ask Congress to immediately initiate work to get rid of this program.”
The president added, “Diversity lottery. Sounds nice. It’s not nice. It’s not good. It’s not good. It hasn’t been good. We’ve been against it.”
Referring to the suspect, Sayfullo Saipov, as an “animal,” Trump said he was responsible for the entry of 23 immigrants, many of them family members. The president represented this “chain migration” as a threat to national security.
“This man that came in, or whatever you want to call him, brought in with him other people and he was the primary point of contact for – and this is preliminarily – 23 people that came in or potentially came in with him,” Trump said. “That’s not acceptable.”
Speaking generally, Trump said U.S. immigration laws are “a joke” and “a laughingstock.”
“We have to get much tougher,” the president said. “We have to get much smarter. And we have to get much less politically correct.”