Wednesday, 16 October, 2019

Trump suspends entry of immigrants who can't pay for healthcare

US banknotes and visa Trump Says He Has Signed Full Visa Waiver For Poland Sputnik Ekaterina Chesnokova
Gustavo Carr | 08 October, 2019, 06:44

The White House said in a statement that too many non-citizens were taking advantage of the country's "generous public health programs", and said immigrants contribute to the problem of "uncompensated health care costs".

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

File image of Donald Trump.

The Poland ambassador to Georgette Mosbacher said,"I'm so excited that soon, Polish citizens will be able to travel to the U.S for tourism and business without visas".

Immigrant visas are the vehicle for receiving a green card in the United States for people who are processing their paperwork overseas.

As noteworthy by the White Residence, hospitals across the country have needed to foot the bill for uninsured immigrants who arrived in the USA on visas despite being a financial burden on taxpayers.

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Under the White House's proclamation, accepted health insurance includes employer-sponsored and family coverage plans, unsubsidized individual health plans, and short-term plans.

To obtain an immigration visa, foreigners must prove they will be covered by "approved health insurance", such as a family or employment-based policy, within 30 days of entering the United States, unless they are affluent enough to cover their "reasonably foreseeable medical costs". The ACA's subsidies, paid for by the federal government, typically help shoppers save hundreds or thousands of dollars per year when buying health insurance.

He said the new rules would not affect the relatives of immigrants already in the United States.

Friday's proclamation falls in line with the administration's attempts to restrict legal immigration and reshape the legal immigrant population in the US.

The Trump administration is set to add a new rule on October 15 that would reject visa applicants if they would require public assistance benefits, such as food stamps or public housing, upon their arrival.

"This is even more draconian than the language in the new public charge regulations relating to those applying for green cards in the United States", said Julie Dinnerstein, an immigration lawyer with CUNY Citizenship NOW, a program that provides free legal services to the public.