Michigan’s governor on Monday said he is asking lottery officials to reconsider the lottery’s ban on entry of certain foreign nationals and tourists from the Philippines and other countries.
In a letter to lottery officials, Gov.
Rick Snyder (R) called the lottery system “a system that cannot continue as it has for the past two weeks,” as a surge of foreign visitors and refugees has caused havoc in some of the state’s biggest cities.
The governor asked lottery officials if they would consider restricting entry to those who are not U.S. citizens or have a visa, which is why the state imposed the temporary ban on Thursday.
“I know you have some serious questions on your mind,” Snyder wrote.
“It is time to talk about how you will protect the state from the devastation caused by these events.”
The lottery issued a statement on Monday that said: “We have already taken action to restrict entry of foreign nationals, including from the United States.
Our goal is to keep Michigan safe, and we will continue to do that through the implementation of additional safety measures to help prevent more deaths and injuries in our state.”