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Congressman John Duncan

Representing the 2nd District of Tennessee

Congressman Duncan's Statement on the Terrorist Attack in New York

November 1, 2017
Press Release

Rep. DUNCAN (R-TN) Statement on Terrorist Attack in New York


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   November 1, 2017   

CONTACT: Don Walker   865-523-3772             


WASHINGTON – “The terrorist attack in New York City yesterday that killed eight innocent people and injured 12 others is a terrible tragedy.

Officials have said the suspected perpetrator came here in 2010 through the Diversity Visa Lottery program. Apparently, he was influenced by the radical Islamic terrorist organization Islamic State.

President Trump has stated that his administration is in the process of terminating the Diversity Visa Lottery program, and is asking Congress to work to get rid of this program. I support the President’s decision and action to end the Diversity Visa Lottery program.

We have allowed far too many people into this Country, and we have to do a much better job screening those whom we let in.

The American people are some of the kindest, most sympathetic people in the world. We have allowed many millions to immigrate here over the last 50 years. No other country has even come close to allowing as many people to immigrate as has the U.S.

Unfortunately, many immigrants are not assimilating when they come here. We need to slow down much of this immigration and strictly enforce our laws. We especially have to be more careful when allowing immigration from Muslim majority countries.

Our entire infrastructure- our schools, hospitals, roads, jails, sewers, our overall economy- could not handle the rapid, massive influx of people we would have over the next few years if we simply opened our borders. We must have a legal, orderly system of immigration and it must be enforced.”