President Trump signed a proclamation late Friday barring legal immigrants who can not prove they will have health care coverage or the means to pay for it within 30 days of their arrival to the United States.
The White House said in an accompanying fact-sheet that the president's order was meant to "ensure we protect the availability of healthcare benefits for American citizens". According to the White House, "a$3 number of exceptions will be made, such as for children of American citizens". We do not want to do anything to encourage more illegal immigration into this country.
The new proclamation comes as the Trump administration announced in August a "public charge" rule (pdf) that seeks to ensure that future immigrants can support themselves without becoming a burden on taxpayers.
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.
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The proclamation, issued by the White Home, mentioned it might not have an effect on any particular person's eligibility for asylum or refugee standing.
"There's no particular form that has been put out there for people to fill out", said Rand, who is now the co-founder of Boundless Immigration, a company that helps immigrants obtain green cards and citizenship. Where did this come from? "Who was involved in this?"
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". "These costs amount to approximately $7 million on average for each hospital in the United States, and can drive hospitals into insolvency".
It would not apply to the children of USA citizens, but it would apparently apply to the spouses of US citizens and the immediate family members of lawful permanent residents.