As part of his immigration proposal, President Trump called for ending the diversity visa lottery program, which admits about 50,000 people per year mostly from Eastern Europe and Africa. Trump falsely said the program “randomly hands out green cards without any regard for skill, merit or the safety of our people.”
Contrary to Trump's repeated claims, the visa lottery does not “randomly” hand out lawful permanent residency visas or green cards.
The State Department runs a computerized drawing from entries each year. To diversify the immigrant pool, foreign nationals from countries with low numbers of immigrants to the U.S. are allowed to enter the lottery — hence the name, diversity visa lottery program.