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Friday, November 11, 2011

Half as Many Entrants Play Green-Card Lottery

“The diversity-visa lottery is an immigration program that offers a quick path to permanent U.S. residence for 50,000 people each year who are selected randomly by the U.S. government from countries that send few immigrants to the U.S. Earlier this year, a computer glitch forced the government to redo the previous lottery, after 22,000 people were incorrectly notified that they had won.

During the monthlong entry period every fall, the green-card lottery generates a frenzy in countries across Africa, the source of most entries now.” (Wall Street Journal)

Don’t expect a quick path to anything but jail, though, if you haven’t first groveled for federal permission to be here.

FEE Timely Classic

“A Free-Market Case Against Open Immigration?” by Donald J. Boudreaux