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Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005

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BORDER PROTECTION, ANTITERRORISM, AND ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION CONTROL ACT OF 2005 -- (House of Representatives - December 16, 2005)

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AMENDMENT NO. 1 OFFERED BY MR. GOODLATTE

Mr. GOODLATTE. Mr. Chairman, I offer an amendment.

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Mr. GOODLATTE. Madam Chairman, I yield myself 1 1/2 minutes.

Madam Chairman, each year, the United States Government chooses the names of 50,000 people who will be given the status of legal permanent resident, not based on family or employer sponsorship nor based on any rationale reason, but based only pure luck through a random lottery. My amendment would eliminate the controversial visa lottery program. The visa lottery program presents a serious national security threat.

A perfect example of the system gone awry is the case of Hesham Mohamed Hadayet, the Egyptian national who killed two and wounded three during a shooting spree at Los Angeles International Airport in July of 2002. He was allowed to apply for legal permanent resident status in 1997 because of his wife's status as a visa lottery winner.

The State Department's Inspector General has even testified before Congress this year that the Office of Inspector General continues to believe that the Diversity Visa Program contains significant risks to national security from hostile intelligence officers, criminals and terrorists attempting to use the program for entry into the United States as permanent residents.

Do not gamble with national security. Join me in eliminating the visa lottery program.

Madam Chairman, I reserve the balance of my time.

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