Trump to block immigrants unable to pay for healthcare
WASHINGTON – The United States will block the entry of immigrants without health insurance or the ability to pay for medical bills, President Donald Trump revealed Friday.
Consular officers will only be allowed to issue visas to prospective immigrants who can prove they "will not impose a substantial burden" on the US health care system, according to a proclamation authored by Trump.
"Lawful immigrants are about three times more likely than United States citizens to lack health insurance," Trump said in the proclamation.
"Immigrants who enter this country should not further saddle our healthcare system, and subsequently American taxpayers, with higher costs.
"The measure will go into effect on November 3."
Last week, Washington also announced plans to dramatically lower its ceiling on a decades-old refugee resettlement program by 40 percent.
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