The Trump administration will deny visas to immigrants who cannot prove they will have health insurance or the ability to pay for medical costs once they become permanent residents of the United States, the White House announced Friday in the latest move by President Trump to undermine legal immigration.
The proclamation has been in the works for many months according to New York Times Reporters Michael Shear and Miriam Jordan. The new policy will not affect refugees, asylum seekers or students seeking to attend college in the United States.
According to Shear and Jordan â€œ Once the policy is in place, people seeking those visas would be asked by consular officers to show how they intend to be covered by health insurance within 30 days of arriving in the United States. That could include proof that they will have health care through a job or will be covered under a relativeâ€™s insurance. If they cannot show that to the satisfaction of the consular office, their visa will be deniedâ€
The recently announced policy has caused a stir, â€œThousands of people annually would be denied green cards if the executive order takes effectâ€ said Steve Yale-Loehr, an immigration scholar at Cornell Law School.
â€œMost people who are receiving green cards already have a job waiting or have a spouse that is employed,â€ Ms. Jamae said. â€œWhen you apply for a green card you already have to meet certain financial requirements.â€
Other criticisms include â€œMost people who are receiving green cards already have a job waiting or have a spouse that is employed,â€ Ms. Jamae said. â€œWhen you apply for a green card you already have to meet certain financial requirements.â€
Shear and Jordan also talked with, Doug Rand, a former White House official who worked on immigration in the Obama administration. Rand predicts that the presidentâ€™s proclamation would be met by legal challenges.