Trump’s controversial plans to axe visas for the states in the wake of a recent terror attack has left the Irish community unruffled, it emerged last night.
The green card or diversity lottery sees 50,000 visas doled out annually. But less than 200 of these go to Irish immigrants.
Lobbyist Ciaran Staunton, speaking from New York, told the Irish Daily Mirror: “There will be no tears shed in the Irish community over the diversity programme being abolished.”
The Mayo born chairman of the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform said: “I have no problem with getting rid of the green card lottery, because it means little or nothing to our community anyway.”
Eight people were slaughtered on Tuesday when radicalised Uzbek immigrant Sayfullo Saipov ploughed a van into a crowd killing eight people in New York.
Trump says Saipov entered the country through the green card lottery and this has sparked his plans to terminate the programme.
He cannot strike off the current legislation with the stroke of a pen, but Mr Staunton insists he can shape immigration reform and pave a better way for the Irish diaspora.
“Trump can easily call the speaker Paul Ryan aside and say he wants to get rid of the diversity bill and bring about immigration reform.