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'I feel so sad:' More from the lottery visa 22,000

Screen shot from "22,000 Tears" Facebook page

A post earlier this week on how the Diversity Visa Lottery Program is under fire following a computer-glitch fiasco last May has yielded, perhaps not surprisingly, some emotional comments on this website from people describing themselves as would-be winners.

Roughly 22,000 people in various countries, including some here on other visas, were informed in May that they had won the federal green card lottery, which makes up to 55,000 immigrant visas available to winners each year. Soon afterward, they learned from the U.S. State Department that there had been an error and the results would be voided. Angry would-be immigrants mounted a social media campaign that included a Facebook page called "22,000 Tears." Some filed a class action lawsuit, but it was recently dismissed and a new drawing was held.

Sad but kind of sweet was this exchange in the comments section. Mohamed Toham wrote:



I FEEL SO SAD BECAUSE OF THE NEW RESULTS
BECAUSE I'M ONE OF THOSE 22.000
MY DREAM HAVE BEEN DESTROYED


To which Egor replied:


I hope you will be alright.

A bill to get rid of the lottery program has cleared the House Judiciary Committee and now goes to the full House for a vote. I'll be discussing the visa lottery, the scratched 2012 results, and the bill's prospects tomorrow morning on KPCC's Madeleine Brand Show.

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