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President Trump Bans Immigrants Who Can’t Pay For Healthcare

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Aminat Mohammed

President Donald Trump issued a proclamation on Friday night requiring many future immigrant visa applicants to show they can afford health care, a move that could make it harder for poor migrants to enter the U.S.

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The action, which is set to take effect in 30 days, would require applicants, including people with ties to family members in the U.S., to show they have health insurance or prove their financial ability to pay for medical care before being issued a visa that could lead to a green card.

The proclamation wouldn’t apply to noncitizen children of U.S. citizens. Refugees and immigrants who won asylum are also excluded from the new requirement.

The move, however, marks the latest effort by President Trump to restrict immigrants’ ability to enter the U.S.

The new requirement would take a further step, requiring anyone looking to move to the U.S. to enroll in private insurance including as a dependent on a family member’s health plan or possess the financial means to cover significant medical costs.

The proclamation also allows entry into the U.S. for migrants who have the “financial resources to pay for reasonably foreseeable medical costs,” but it doesn’t define the threshold for meeting that standard.

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