The first time I heard of the Lottery for a foreigner to gain entry into the United States was about fourteen years ago when David and I still had our apartment in Jerusalem. One night we were entertaining a friend who had an administrative level job in Israel – a very good one. He is a Christian and certainly, in our opinion, should have been praising God to be in Israel and to have such an excellent job. He wasn’t. He wanted out.
He and his family were from South Africa and they felt like they were people without a country since things there had changed so much politically with the new government. His wife didn’t like living in Israel so they wanted to move to America. While I love America and am a red, white and blue flag waving patriot, I was incensed that they wanted to move here. As a Christian Zionist I know what a privilege it is to get to be in Israel and even more so in his capacity. But, that wasn’t his opinion.
We listened as they excitedly told us about the Lottery in our country and how they were trying to win it so they could come. Make no doubt about it, this guy and his family have no terrorist leanings at all! Absolutely none. That wasn’t the point. The point was their giddiness over the prospect of coming here and living here and being “kept” here by Christian donations. It’s a long story.
Eventually they made it. Not through the lottery but through other means. I didn’t like that either. It didn’t feel right – but that was his story, not mine. And certainly not the story of the NYC terrorist that just ran over and killed eight people and injured eleven others. He was a lottery winner and we are the losers!
I cannot believe our country is so ridiculous as to allow people, unvetted, to sign up on the computer and win a lottery to come here, to America, free and clear. They are allowed to have jobs, have driver’s licenses, and to kill U.S. citizens. I’m sure he’ll be read his Miranda Rights, if he hasn’t been already, provided a free attorney and allowed to live a very long time before, and if, we ever get around to sending him off to his 72 virgins.
This is disgusting. Lottery! Smottery! I don’t want us to continue this ridiculous program. What a shame that we are so trusting that we will openly invite those who wish to kill us to come on in. How stupid can we get. I pray President Trump can and will put a stop to this process.
In the meantime, there are those who are dead and wounded. What about them? What do they get? I am further saddened that five of the dead were guests in our country – real guests – that had come to the United States in the prime of their lives to celebrate 30 years after high school graduation. What beautiful smiles were on their faces. Now they are dead. How tragic. How tragic that this even happened. Close the doors. Stop the Lottery. Get a grip while we still can.