The Wall Street Journal reports:
President Trump plans to sign a proclamation requiring immigrant-visa applicants to show they can afford health care, people familiar with the matter said. 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 can get health insurance or prove their financial ability to pay for medical care, the people said. The action wouldn’t apply to refugees or immigrants who have won asylum.
The White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. The administration briefed outside groups on the plan during a Friday afternoon call. White House officials said on the call that the new requirement would preserve health care benefits for U.S. citizens. The move would mark the latest effort by the Trump administration to restrict immigrants’ ability to enter the U.S.
My parents immigrated from Ireland in 1958 … they pursued the American Dream and provided each of their 5 children with the opportunity to do the same. They would not have met this qualification – I doubt many would. https://t.co/MzlWRMoedl
— Mark Preston (@PrestonCNN) October 4, 2019
NEW: President Trump issues proclamation that will make it so “immigrant visa applicants will have to demonstrate that they will be covered by health insurance within thirty days of entering the country or have the financial resources to pay for medical costs.”
— Hamed Aleaziz (@Haleaziz) October 4, 2019