Diversity Visa Lottery and Multiculturalism

The Diversity Visa Lottery is a national immigration program designed to bring people from nations who typically don’t immigrate to the United States into the country.

Many immigrants find this program to be the easiest or even the only immigration program in which they can participate.

Unlike other immigration programs that require that an immigrant already have an established job in the U.S. or family members currently living there, the Green Card Lottery (as the Diversity Visa Lottery is often called) has few requirements.

Through this program the U.S. has an opportunity to expand the degree of multiculturalism that exists within its borders.

In the past, multiculturalism and immigration have brought both good and bad things.

In the category of positive contributions, multiculturalism has encouraged innovation, strengthened the economy of the country and contributed to a broader understanding of culture.

Unfortunately, high levels of immigration have encouraged backlash throughout history. However, it is clear that the positive contributions of immigration far outweigh the negative impact it may have.

The United States was fundamentally founded by immigrants. It is ironic that even though the first immigrants to the Americas were European when even more Europeans immigrated to the U.S. in the late 19th and early 20th century, they were met with a great deal of opposition.

That period, of Ellis Island fame, brought forth some of the most successful and important industrialists of the age, such as Andrew Carnegie.

But great contributions to culture did not only originate from Europe, but every other continent and country has contributed large numbers of immigrants who have made America richer culturally.

Some policymakers in the U.S. government believe that the Green Card Lottery should be done away with, but this is a mistake. Immigration has brought numerous benefits to the country that cannot be counted and categorized. It is better to be the land of opportunity, than the land of application qualifications.