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Trump Slams US Immigration System Following Release Of NYC Terror Suspect’s Identity

President Donald Trump on Wednesday vowed to reform the immigration system that allowed Sayfullo Saipov to enter the country.

Saipov, 29, is accused of killing eight people and injuring 11 others when he drove a truck into a New York City bike lane on Tuesday, Fox News reported.

“The terrorist came into our country through what is called the ‘Diversity Visa Lottery Program,’ a Chuck Schumer beauty. I want merit based,” Trump tweeted. “We are fighting hard for Merit Based immigration, no more Democrat Lottery Systems. We must get MUCH tougher (and smarter).”

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Trump had also tweeted about immigration reform Tuesday after the attack.

“I have just ordered homeland security to step up our already extreme vetting program. Being politically correct is fine, but not for this!” he wrote.

Saipov entered the U.S. under the Diversity Visa Program, which sets aside a pool of visas for immigrants from nations that usually have low rates of immigration.

Up to 50,000 immigrant visas are available annually, and are “drawn from random selection among all entries to individuals who are from countries with low rates of immigration,” according to the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services website. Applicants must have a clean criminal record, have a high school diploma and work experience to be allowed into the lottery.

The program originated in 1990 as part of a bill supported by Schumer while he was a member of the House.

The program would be abolished as part of the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act, introduced this year by Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., with support of the White House.

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Schumer said the problem was not his law, rather Trump’s budget.

“I have always believed and continue to believe that immigration is good for America,” Schumer said in a statement.

“President Trump, instead of politicizing and dividing America, which he always seems to do at times of national tragedy, should be focusing on the real solution – anti-terrorism funding – which he proposed cutting in his most recent budget,” he said.

A note Saipov reportedly left behind stated that the attack was carried out in the name of the Islamic State group, according to KTLA.

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