Trump Bars Immigrants Who Cannot Pay For Health Care

10/07/2019 08:41 |

Trump Bars Immigrants Who Cannot Pay For Health Care

Trump said uninsured individuals are a burden on the health care industry and US taxpayers.

Doug Rand, a former Obama official who worked on immigration policy, told CNN on Saturday that the policy would apply to some half a million people seeking green cards from overseas - most of whom will be the parents and spouses of USA citizens.

The proclamation said that immigrants will be barred from entering the country unless they are to be covered by health insurance within 30 days of entering or have enough financial resources to pay for any medical costs.

Medicaid doesn't count. And an immigrant will not be able to obtain a visa if using the Affordable Care Act's subsidies when buying insurance.

Immigrants with a valid visa issued before the proclamation's effective date are also exempt, and the proclamation does not affect refugees and asylum seekers.

Almost a third of them are already in the United States when they apply for their Green Card; and the rest come from India.

"Without any public comment or regulatory process at all, (the president) is just going to put that out there", Capp said.

"What does foreseeable medical expenses mean?" It's silent on all these things. Mr Trump has made slicing authorized and unlawful immigration a centerpiece of his presidency.

The affected category are people seeking immigrant visas.

The new proclamation is also expected to be challenged. "In the meantime, it's going to sow huge fear and confusion", Rand told CNN.

Immigration advocates were quick to denounce the announcement, saying it represents yet another effort by the Trump administration to penalize low-income immigrants.

Paul Nyathi|Intending migrants to the United States will not be granted visas if they can not afford to pay their medical bills.

But Immigrant advocates have argued that the rule would discriminate against those from poorer countries, keep families apart and prompt legal residents to forgo needed public aid.

Under that policy, known as the "public charge" rule, immigrants seeking to live permanently in the United States could be denied if officials deem it is likely they will be a burden on society by, for example, being unable to pay for health care or seeking food and housing assistance.

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