Serial No. 82: Diversity Visa Program and its Susceptibility to Fraud and Abuse: Hearing before the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Claims of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eighth Congress, Second Session, April 28, 2004   [open pdf - 3MB]

Serial No. 82: This hearing before the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Claims on April 29, 2004, examines the Diversity Visa or (DV) Program. It reviews the history of the program and its implementation. "The DV Program was part of the Immigration Act of 1990. It was designed to increase diversity in the U.S. immigrant population by providing nationals of countries that have had low immigration rates to the United States the opportunity to apply for immigrant visas. Applicants for the DV Program participate in a lottery in which the winners are selected through a computer-generated random drawing. Qualifying winners are issued visas on a first-come, first-served basis. Approximately 50,000 aliens enter under the program annually. Critics argue that the program is susceptible to fraud and manipulation, and that identity fraud is 'endemic.'" Critics also assert that the program poses a danger to national security. These issues are addressed at this hearing. Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: John N. Hostettler, Howard Berman, Steve King, Bob Goodlatte, Sheila Jackson Lee, Anne W. Patterson, Jan Ting, Steven A. Camarota, and Charles Nyaga.

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