The Trump Administration recently announced that the President was going to issue a proclamation that bars new immigrants from entering the United States without health insurance. This new policy goes into effect on November 3, 2019.
“Immigrants who enter this country should not further saddle our healthcare system, and subsequently American taxpayers, with higher costs,” Trump said in a statement.
It is worth noting that if hopefully immigrants don’t currently have a healthcare policy, they can still immigrate successfully as long as they can prove that they have the financial means to “reasonably foreseeable medical costs”. What exactly that means is still open to interpretation.
This proclamation applies to overseas immigrants that are applying for visas, but it does not apply to non-citizen children of U.S. citizens. This is a small, but important distinction.
Doug Rand, a man who worked on immigration policy in the Barack Obama administration, spoke with NPR about this presidential proclamation.
“If this policy survives the inevitable court challenges and is implemented, it will create a new and arbitrary hurdle for some half a million green card applicants each year,” said Rand. “Consular officers will deny the parents of U.S. citizens based on a snap judgment about their apparent health. U.S. citizens will be separated from their husbands and wives abroad based on a failure to demonstrate health insurance coverage or a subjective level of wealth.”
Of course, this proclamation is simply the latest effort by the current White House administration to limit the number of immigrants coming to the United States. Naturally, this proclamation will face several legal challenges. Only time will tell if it will actually remain in place.