The attorney general spoke in New York City about immigration, advocating for a ‘merit-based system’ and promoting ‘extreme vetting’ policies

In the wake of the deadliest terror attack in New York City since 9/11, attorney general Jeff Sessions visited the city Thursday to advocate a ramping up of anti-terror surveillance and an end to the Diversity Lottery visa program.

“We don’t use random chance in college admissions and we don’t roll a die to hire people. By the same token, a lottery tells us nothing about who is entering this country,” Sessions said of the 27-year-old program designed to diversify the immigrant population in the United States.

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