Published: Tue, October 08, 2019
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Trump Suspends Entry of Immigrants Who Lack Health Insurance

Trump Suspends Entry of Immigrants Who Lack Health Insurance

The immigrants will also be not allowed if they don't have any means to pay for their insurance cost themselves.

"The entry into the United States as immigrants of aliens who will financially burden the United States healthcare system is hereby suspended and limited", Trump said, Vox reported.

The measure will take impact on November three, it mentioned. Like many of Trump's immigration policies, it is likely to face swift legal challenges in federal courts. Lawful permanent residents and immigrants already in the United States would also not be affected. "These policies are not stifling illegal immigration".

In August, the administration announced a rule to deny Green Cards to those who could become a "public charge", needing state assistance for food, housing and health.

The Trump administration will deny visas to immigrants who can not prove they will have health insurance or the ability to pay for medical costs once they become permanent residents of the United States, the White House announced Friday in the latest move by President Donald Trump to undermine legal immigration.


The new rule applies to immigrant visa applicants overseas, mostly those, analysts said, being sponsored by immediate relatives, and not those already present in the U.S. such as H-1B visa holders whose Green Card applications were being sponsored by their American employers.

She added: "Without the power to change USA law on his own, Trump is trying to find end runs around Congress and the legislative process to impose his will by fiat".

The proclamation points to the same sections of the Immigration and Nationality Act the Trump administration has used in other efforts to restrict legal immigration, including the travel ban. He wrote that allowing immigrants without health care into the United States would "be detrimental to the interests of the United States, and that their entry should be subject to certain restrictions, limitations, and exceptions".

"There was a constant undercurrent in the Trump administration of [senior staff] who were genuinely horrified by the things they saw that were happening on these calls", a former White House official told the Post.

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