Sending Office: Honorable Bill Posey
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Dear Colleague,

I invite you to join me as a cosponsor of the Security and Fairness Enhancement (SAFE) for America Act of 2017.  This legislation is simple:

  • It ends the severely flawed and dangerous Diversity Visa Lottery Program; and
  • Finally eliminates 55,000 visas that are randomly awarded to applicants that may be terrorists and other bad actors – whose sole intent is to harm Americans.

The Diversity Visa Lottery Program (DV lottery) is a magnet for both fraud and abuse.  It was created in 1990 to allow citizens of countries whose immigrant admissions were lower than 50,000 over the past five years to apply for a permanent resident visa.
Applicants have used the program for years to enter into “sham” marriages.  Deceptive “visa agents” continue to exploit the program by charging exorbitant sums to innocent individuals seeking a better way of life.

Most importantly, anyone from a qualifying nation, even countries designated by the U.S. Department of State as
Countries of Particular Concern and State Sponsors of Terrorism
may apply, and, the winners – who receive green cards – are randomly selected.

The terrorists responsible for the October 31, 2017, attack in New York City entered our country under the Diversity Visa Lottery.  Had we eliminated this program years ago, we would have prevented this tragedy.

For these critical reasons, please join me in ending this program by cosponsoring
H.R. 1178, the SAFE for America Act.  Should you have any questions, please contact Rachel Alden ( on my staff.


Bill Posey

Member of Congress

Related Legislative Issues
Selected legislative information: Appropriations, Budget, Homeland Security, Immigration, Judiciary
Related Bill Information
Bill Type: H.R.
Bill Number: 1178
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