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Trump suspends entry of immigrants who cannot pay for healthcare

WASHINGTON, US President Donald Trump issued a Proclamation on the “suspension of entry of immigrants who will financially burden the United States healthcare system.” The White House said in a statement late Friday that Trump is taking this action “to ensure we protect the availability of healthcare benefits for American citizens.” The Proclamation stressed that immigrant visa applicants will have to demonstrate that they will be covered by 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.” It added, “Applicants will be required to meet these requirements before being issued an immigrant visa.” It noted that “a number of exceptions will be made, such as for children of American citizens.” “Notably, data show that lawful immigrants are about three times more likely than United States citizens to lack health insurance,” the Proclamation indicated.

It noted, “This proclamation is effective on November 3, 2019.”

Source: Kuwait News Agency