Letter to the editor:
The news media are reporting that the terrorist who killed eight Americans and wounded a dozen others in New York City came to this country in 2010 on an immigrant visa under the diversity visa lottery program.
I hope the Trump administration does away with this program as recipients can become financial burdens to society once they arrive because they have no means of support.
America, with its $20 trillion debt, can ill afford more welfare recipients who, as it now turns out, can easily become terrorists. This is not my first, nor is it my second, request to the administration to do away with this program. Action needs to be taken, and it needs to be taken now!
John Lemandri; Williamsburg, Va.
Letter to the editor:
If you followed the 24/7 coverage of the New York City attack, you wouldn't hear the word "blowback." Which is a shame because blowback is what likely inspired Uzbekistan native and suspect Sayfullo Saipov to rent a truck and mow down pedestrians just a few blocks from the World Trade Center. Since he survived the shooting that ended his crime, we may learn more about his motivations. But hollering "Allahu akbar" (Allah is greater) surely points to revenge for American bombings all over the Middle East.
A consequence of our needless slaughter of folks as innocent as the eight snuffed out in New York is that some individuals connected with people we're defiling will risk death to get a measure of vengeance, which is precisely what blowback entails.
We would all become safer from such attacks if we'd end our senseless, futile wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Pakistan, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Niger for starters. We should stop selling countries hundreds of billions in weaponry that often end up in the hands of folks trying to kill us.
We should focus on negotiating and peacemaking among countries and the multiple disparate groups and sects willing to die for their imagined God or cause. We should stop promoting utterly self-defeating "preventative" war with North Korea, Iran or any other country we fear and hate. We must wrest control of our country from the masters of war who are soulless in their zeal to control the world through war and violence. If you think that is beyond your meager powers as a solitary citizen, consider this: You may end up lying under the next truck rampaging down a pedestrian sidewalk.
Walt Zlotow; Glen Ellyn, Ill.
President Trump said he would renew efforts to kill a particular immigration program in the wake of the terrorist attack in New York City. Reader comments are edited for clarity and grammar:
Wow, a lot of outrage from the right this morning. You all were pretty quiet when it was a white guy with assault rifles in Las Vegas. While it was too soon to talk about gun violence that day, Trump wastes no time trying to push his white, Christian-only immigration policy.
— Steve Byers
Another Muslim. ... The attacker in Las Vegas was tough to prevent. This attacker would have been very easy to prevent! Maybe it is time to say we are closed to immigrants.
— John Smith
The subhuman who mowed down innocent people on a bike path came here in 2010 on a diversity visa lottery program, which started as legislation introduced in 1990 by Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. The victims' blood is on the hands of Schumer and all liberals.
— Frank Harding
The diversity visa program was a part of the Immigration Act of 1990, which was introduced by Sen. Ted Kennedy, and the lottery program was the one introduced by Schumer. The act had support by both parties and was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush in November of 1990. Last time I checked, Bush wasn't a liberal.
— Zachary Chopp-Adams
I’m glad the suspect is alive. Time to interrogate him, figure out who helped and directed him, then put him in solitary confinement for life. He should have no access to people other than his guards.
— Bryan Sackmann
If this terrorist was allowed in on a diversity visa, perhaps we should reevaluate that program. This is not the kind of diversity the U.S. needs. There are millions of potential immigrants who actually want to be part of this country and become Americans. As opposed to the likes of this guy who probably wanted the economic benefits but live apart, reject our culture and secretly hate us.
— Jimmy Stewart
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