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West Wing Reads for 11/1/17

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Each day we round up the best stories the West Wing is reading and share them with you.

West Wing Reads

“END THE DIVERSITY VISA LOTTERY TODAY”

- Daniel Horowitz, Conservative Review

Daniel Horowitz of Conservative Review writes “The diversity visa lottery is the prime example of the backwards nature of our immigration system,” following the New York City Halloween terror attack that was “allegedly perpetrated by a 2010 winner of the lottery.” Horowitz remarks that the visa lottery was originally instituted to foster more immigration from European countries, however, the majority of the recipients today are from Africa, the Middle East, and Islamic countries like “Iran, Egypt, Bangladesh, Uzbekistan, and Turkey.” Individuals need only have a high school diploma and two years of work experience to apply for the lottery, making it “hard to prevent fraud or to properly vet them,” Horowitz comments, much like the 2004 statement from the Office of the Inspector General that the visa lottery program contained “significant threats to national security,” due to its random nature of selection. Horowitz concludes saying President Trump should “suspend the diversity visa lottery unilaterally,” in order to work toward an “American security fix.”
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The New York Post’s editorial board writes how New Yorkers’ “spirit won't be broken” by the latest terrorist attack, and gives praise to the NYPD who have “thwarted dozens of plots, including plans to attack landmarks and the subway,” in the years following 9/11.

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Regarding tax reform, The Hill’s Jordan Fabian reports President Trump wants to sign a tax overhaul by Christmas and for the House to “pass a bill by Thanksgiving,” setting an ambitious timeline for Congress to achieve the President’s "first major legislative victory.” President Trump vowed the signing will “be the biggest tax event in the history of our country,” Fabian writes.

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On advancing in STEM, Carolyn Jones of EdSource comments President Trump’s $200 million pledge on science, technology, and math education “could potentially transform U.S. classrooms,” and educators look forward to seeing where the money will be going.

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In news on the opioid epidemic, deputy U.S. attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, writes in USA Today that the Department of Justice has been acting with “great urgency and vigilance” to combat drug addiction through a series of actions that authorize the prosecution of drug traffickers and take down health care frauds.