On Monday the House Freedom Caucus announced that they would support Rep. Bill Posey’s (R-Fla.) bill the Security and Fairness Enhancement (SAFE) for America Act (H.R. 1178), which would end the diversity visa lottery program. This support comes after it was discovered that the New York City terror suspect Sayfullo Saipov entered the U.S. through the lottery program.
The SAFE for America Act would amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate the diversity visa lottery program. Rep. Posey first introduced the bill in 2015 and re-introduced it this past February 2017.
The Freedom Caucus released the following statement regarding the bill:
“In the wake of the recent terrorist attack in New York City, we call on House leadership to follow President Trump’s call to end the diversity visa lottery program. We should have an up-or-down stand-alone vote on H.R. 1178 and send it to the Senate. As President Trump said, It’s time to get tougher and smarter on immigration.”
Updated: Wed, Nov 22nd 2017 @ 11:20am EST