Published: Tue, October 08, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

USA to block immigrants without health insurance

USA to block immigrants without health insurance

President Trump issued a proclamation late Friday to stop immigrant visa applicants from entering the country unless they prove they can afford health care. However, immigrants would not be able to obtain a visa if they use the Affordable Care Act's subsidies when purchasing coverage.

An immigrants visa is different from temporary travel/tour or work visas, and they are issued to foreign citizens sponsored by U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents (Green Card holders), immediate relatives, or prospective USA employers, and have an approved petition before applying.

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.

"Without any public comment or regulatory process at all, (the president) is just going to put that out there", Capp said. How much money is that? It's silent on all these things.

Poland has long sought entry into the visa waiver program.

The new proclamation is expected to face legal challenges. The regulation, which imposes an aggressive wealth test on legal immigrants, has faced several legal challenges but will go into effect on October 15 unless it is blocked by a court.

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Rand predicted that "litigation is inevitable".

Trump required the secretary of state, in consultation with the secretary of health and human services, the secretary of homeland security, and the heads of other appropriate agencies to submit a report on the proclamation six months after it takes effect. "In the meantime, it's going to sow vast fear and confusion", Rand told CNN.

The section is the same legal authority he invoked during the 2017 travel ban, which mainly limited travel of nationals of certain Muslim-majority countries.

A study under the Kaiser Family Foundation published in July noted that in the non-elderly population, 23 percent of legal immigrants were likely to be uninsured.

He said the suspension applied only to people seeking to enter the United States with an immigrant visa. 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.

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