Washington, Oct 5: US President Donald Trump has signed a proclamation barring immigrants who do not have health insurance and cannot afford to pay medical care costs from getting visas of almost any kind to enter the US.
In proclamation issued by the White House on Friday, said it would not affect any individual’s eligibility for asylum or refugee status. The measure will take effect on Nov3, it said.
"The entry into the United States as immigrants of aliens who will financially burden the United States healthcare system is hereby suspended and limited," Trump said, Vox reported.
"An alien will financially burden the United States healthcare system unless the alien will be covered by approved health insurance… within 30 days of the alien’s entry into the United States, or unless the alien possesses the financial resources to pay for reasonably foreseeable medical costs,' he added.
The US healthcare system, Trump said, is being hit hard by uncompensated care and the government is making the problem worse by admitting thousands of immigrants who have not demonstrated any ability to pay for their healthcare costs.
Trump said data has shown that "lawful immigrants" are three times more likely than US citizens to lack health insurance. Immigrants should not further saddle the American taxpayers with higher costs, he added.(UNI)