Yet Another Immigration Proclamation from President Trump
President Trump invoked broad executive powers Friday, issuing a proclamation to block the entry of immigrants applying for visas who cannot prove that they will be able to obtain health insurance within 30 days of entering the US.
Donald Trump signed a presidential proclamation on Friday, suspending the entry of immigrants, if they will not have health insurance coverage within 30 days of entering the US. More importantly, this ban also extends to those who do not have the means to pay for their healthcare costs themselves.
The proclamation, issued by the White House, said it would not affect any individual's eligibility for asylum or refugee status. The measure will take effect from Nov. 3, it said.
Immigration has always been a center piece of the Trump presidency, and this has not been the first time Trump has used a presidential proclamation to bring cuts to both legal and illegal immigration.
Last month, the Trump administration said that it planned to allow only 18,000 refugees to resettle in the United States in the 2020 fiscal year - the lowest number in the history of the modern refugee program.
"While our healthcare system grapples with the challenges caused by uncompensated care, the United States Government is making the problem worse by admitting thousands of aliens who have not demonstrated any ability to pay for their healthcare costs," Trump said in the proclamation on Friday.
“We must continue that tradition while also addressing the challenges facing our healthcare system, including protecting both it and the American taxpayer from the burdens of uncompensated care,” Trump wrote in the proclamation. “Continuing to allow entry into the United States of certain immigrants who lack health insurance or the demonstrated ability to pay for their healthcare would be detrimental to these interests.”
Trump’s proclamation cites the same provision of law he used in the 2017 travel ban to block people from coming into the country and a later ban on asylum-seekers who crossed into the country without authorization.— Hamed Aleaziz (@Haleaziz) October 5, 2019