Six individuals with suspected links to terror resettled in the U.S. through the Diversity Visa Waiver Programme known as the visa lottery, local media reported on Wednesday.
The visa lottery came under fire after the Oct. 31 ramming attack in New York that was committed by Uzbek national Sayfullo Saipov, who won U.S. residency in the visa lottery.
The attack killed eight people and injured 11 others.
The Fox News broadcaster reported that along with Saipov, five more winners of the visa lottery had links to terror groups.
One of them, another Uzbek citizen Abdurasul Juraboev was sentenced to 15 years in jail over links to the Islamic State (IS) terror group, outlawed in Russia, several days before Saipov’s attack.
Another winner of the visa lottery, citizen of Pakistan Syed Haris Ahmed was convicted of terror activities in 2009.
Egyptian national Hesham Mohamed Ali Hedayet, who got the right to settle in the U.S. owing to his wife’s victory in the visa lottery, opened fire at the El Al Airlines ticket counter at Los Angeles International Airport in 2002, killing two people and injuring three more persons.
Pakistani national Imran Mandhai, whose parents got a permanent legal status due to the visa lottery, pleaded guilty to plotting a bombing attack on the National Guard Armory and electrical power substation near Miami.
One more case cited by the presidential administration includes deportation of Mousa Marzook, a U.S. leader of the Hamas Palestinian movement, in 1997 over his involvement in terror activities.
The visa lottery was introduced under the Immigration Act adopted in 1990.