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Trump to Ban Green Card Lottery in Retaliation for Yesterday's Terror Attack

Trump cites Uzbek national Sayfullo Saipov's truck attack yesterday as reason for ending diversity visa program.

President Donald Trump announced today that he will be ending the green card lottery program that allows immigrants from dozens of smaller countries a legal path to entry to the US. Under this program 50,000 people are awarded green cards a year, with the majority of recipients coming from African countries.


The decision follows the terror attack in New York City, Tuesday that killed eight. The perpetrator, Sayfullo Saipov, originally from Uzbekistan, according to Trump, entered the US through this program and is the motivation behind the program's cancellation.

"I am starting the process of terminating the diversity lottery program," Trump announced.

Earlier this morning Trump tweeted:

The terrorist came into our country through what is called the "Diversity Visa Lottery Program," a Chuck Schumer beauty. I want merit based.

American's have come to expect knee-jerk policy proposals but this news will impact tens of millions of people globally attempting to come to America. In 2015, more than 6.5 million Africans applied to the program out of 14 million total applicants. The program is explicitly meant to broaden the national origins of those coming to America meaning many of the world's most populated countries and countries with large existing immigrant populations in the United States are ineligible.

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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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