[The 90’s raw: Post Visa lottery]

Raw footage for the award-winning series The 90’s. Eddie Tape #79. Outside the United States Post Office in Merrifield, Virginia, 1991 after the first immigration visa lottery. Nearly 19 million applications were submitted by mail for the 40,000 open slots. The lottery was an attempt to give a boost to several under-represented countries, including Ireland. An official, Hank, explains the logistics from the USPS perspectives of the incredible volume of mail sent to the State Department during this process. Continue reading