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The Department of State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2008

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THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE, FOREIGN OPERATIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2008--Continued -- (House of Representatives - June 21, 2007)

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Mr. SHERMAN. Mr. Chairman, I thank the gentlewoman. The visa lottery program is based on the absurd notion that the group of people coming to the United States are insufficiently diverse. There has never been such a diverse group of people.

The diversity lottery discriminates against those who live in Mexico, China or the Philippines on the theory, an absurd theory, that an immigrant from Paraguay will add more to American culture than one from Mexico. I think it is time to end this absurd cultural discrimination.

It makes sense for our country to let people come here for family unification or because the immigrant brings special skills. The diversity lottery admits people who bring neither. They need no family ties nor special skills.

Our other immigration programs require that the person either have a job or a family member who will issue an affidavit of support. Those coming here under the visa lottery have neither, and therefore are free to become a charge to our taxpayers.

I look forward to having a comprehensive immigration law so that our immigration laws make sense, but let's kill the one element of our immigration laws that make the least sense now. We shouldn't discriminate against those with family in the United States, those with special skills, or those from Mexico, China or the Philippines, on the theory that somehow we enhance our culture more by admitting immigrants from one country as opposed to another.

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