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Visa lottery winners feel cheated by Trumpís visa ban
The Associated Press ^ | July 2, 2020 | By SAMY MAGDY and JULIE WATSON

Posted on 07/02/2020 3:23:14 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

CAIRO -- Noha, an Egyptian engineer, should feel lucky after winning a visa lottery that randomly selects people from a pool of more than 14 million applications for about 55,000 green cards that would let them live permanently in the United States.

But the hopes she and her husband had of moving with their two children to New York vanished last week when President Donald Trump extended a ban on many green cards issued outside the United States to the end of the year, including the lottery’s “diversity visas,” which have been issued every year since 1990 to people from underrepresented countries.

This year’s recipients learned of their good fortune about a year ago, but many had not yet completed the vetting process when American consulates closed in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now the administration’s latest step to reduce legal immigration has upended their lives, and many find themselves stuck in a worse situation than the one they were trying to escape.

The lottery requires that green cards be obtained by Sept. 30 or they will be voided. The State Department says no exceptions are made for those who do not yet have one in hand.

Noha and her children got their visas in February. But her husband, Ahmed, is still waiting, and the family fears his visa will never come.

The situation forces Noha to make an impossible choice between going alone to New York to seek a better life for the couple’s 7-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son, or giving up that dream so the family can stay together. She said she felt angry and cried for days after learning of Trump’s order.

(Excerpt) Read more at apnews.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: immigration; lottery; terrorism; visa
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Why the hell is this program still being funded?
1 posted on 07/02/2020 3:23:14 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I thought it was stopped long ago.


2 posted on 07/02/2020 3:24:32 PM PDT by JudyinCanada
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

powerball for terrorists.

there’s no reason period for this egyptian to be here stealing jobs... go to Europe.


3 posted on 07/02/2020 3:25:51 PM PDT by sheehan (DEPORT ALL ILLEGALS.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

My little violin broke years ago.


4 posted on 07/02/2020 3:27:02 PM PDT by workerbee (==)
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To: sheehan

Great line .


5 posted on 07/02/2020 3:28:10 PM PDT by ncalburt (Gop DC Globalists)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I’m a naturalized citizen and I have to say, “Who cares?!”


6 posted on 07/02/2020 3:31:33 PM PDT by definitelynotaliberal (I believe it! He's alive! Sweet Jesus!)
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To: workerbee

And my little box of Kleenex is missing too.


7 posted on 07/02/2020 3:31:34 PM PDT by datura
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

How about staying in Egypt and making a better Egypt?


8 posted on 07/02/2020 3:34:36 PM PDT by End Times Sentinel (In the conflict between the stone and the stream, the stream will always prevail.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Tell Noha and the other 13,999,999 other folks that the USA is closed for entry, indefinitely. Maybe her and the rest should try making their own countries livable and better before coming here to destroy ours.


9 posted on 07/02/2020 3:34:50 PM PDT by qaz123
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Democrats Feel Cheated of Votes by Trump's visa ban

Republicans Feel Cheated of Cheap Labor by Trump's visa ban

Charlie Kirk's TPUSA Feels Cheated they have no visas to staple to diplomas by Trump's visa ban

10 posted on 07/02/2020 3:35:52 PM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Boo hoo hoo. Cry me a river. Things are tough all over.

Cry Me A River (Julie London)


11 posted on 07/02/2020 3:36:03 PM PDT by Governor Dinwiddie (Guide me, O thou great redeemer, pilgrim through this barren land.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Cue up the boo hoo girl!


12 posted on 07/02/2020 3:36:21 PM PDT by Ouchthatonehurt
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Can thank creeps like Ted Kennedy and George H.W. Bush among others for “diversity visas” being a thing in the first place.


13 posted on 07/02/2020 3:36:44 PM PDT by Stravinsky (Politeness will not defeat the Marxist revolutionaries)
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“Why the hell is this program still being funded? “

To get rid of White people.


14 posted on 07/02/2020 3:36:48 PM PDT by dljordan
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

She should feel lucky. 120 million have already died in the USA of the KungFlu. Another 150 million from guns. It doesn’t sound like a safe place to be right now.


15 posted on 07/02/2020 3:36:53 PM PDT by shelterguy
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To: JudyinCanada
"I thought it was stopped long ago."

They were picked a year ago the article says. I don't know the actual date that the lottery was stopped.

16 posted on 07/02/2020 3:37:16 PM PDT by mass55th ("Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway." ~~ John Wayne)
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"How about staying in Egypt and making a better Egypt?"

I suggest they do a complete historical reenactment of the building of one of the great pyramids using period tools and techniques.

(P.S.: No assist from space aliens this time.)

17 posted on 07/02/2020 3:37:52 PM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Boo f***ing hoo.


18 posted on 07/02/2020 3:40:52 PM PDT by mrmeyer (You can't conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him. Robert Heinlein)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

One of the entitlement VIsa program to bring communist minded future liberal voters.

End this wretched program, which I also believe is rigged up.


19 posted on 07/02/2020 3:40:55 PM PDT by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security in hatse:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

too bad!

its a “global pandemic”


20 posted on 07/02/2020 3:41:38 PM PDT by Mr. K (NO CONSEQUENCE OF REPEALING IT IS WORSE THAN OBAMACARE ITSELF)
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