Trump administration moves to deny visas to immigrants who can’t prove they can afford healthcare

HOBOKEN, NJ — While political wrangling continues to consume lawmakers on capitol hill amid an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, legal battles have also proceeded in courtrooms across the country challenging his administration’s changes in immigration policies and rules.

The most recent, this president proclamation announced last Friday that will require immigrants to prove they will either obtain health insurance within 30 days of entering the country, or are able to cover their own medical costs. Those who do not meet the requirement will be denied visas.

Immigrants will also be denied a visa if they use the Affordable Care Act’s subsidies to obtain insurance.

“The consular officer can take a number of factors into consideration when determining if somebody has the requisite character and the ability to find employment before granting them immigrant visas so this is not anything new, in that regard, it kind of just articulates what this administration wants,” said immigration lawyer Edward Carrasco.

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According to Migrant Policy Institute, they estimate that more than 65 percent of those seeking green cards will not be able to meet these requirements. The policy will not apply to asylum-seekers or temporary visas.

The proclamation comes as the Trump administration is also preparing to implement another new rule known as “public charge” rule which is scheduled to take effect on oct. 15th. The public charge rule seeks to deny green cards and U.S. Citizenship to low income immigrants.”

“If people are not able to be self-sufficient, then this negative factor is gonna bear heavily against them in a decision on whether they’ll be able to become a legal permanent resident,” said Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of USCIS.

On Monday, new york city’s lawsuit against the administration’s proposed public charge rule was heard before the southern district court. Judge George Daniels questioned the government’s reasoning for changing the rule and said that the mere receipt of public benefits is not enough on its own to deem somebody a public charge.

“The benefit to taxpayers is a long-term benefit of seeking to ensure that our immigration system is bringing people to join us as American citizens, as legal permanent residents first, who can stand on their own two feet, who will not be reliant on the welfare system.”

Under the public-charge rule, immigrants who are in the United States legally and use public benefits such as Medicaid, food stamps or housing assistance — or have at one time used public benefits, or are deemed likely to someday use public benefits — could be considered public charges, which then could make them ineligible to get green cards.

Other community organizations and at least 16 states have filed similar lawsuits to stop the public charge rule from taking effect. Judge Daniels is said to rule by the end of the week. Meanwhile, the other new rule denying visa to those who can’t afford healthcare is set to take effect on November 3rd.

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  • Mario
    9 October 2019 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    I am a Taxpayer, I am in favor for this “PUBLIC CHARGE”, my reason is why should I allow those GREEN CARD HOLDERS received free health insurance, food stamps and other benefits. They should start working and the person who petitioned them should buy for his medical insurance, while looking for the job. First of all how did they arrived in the US as legal immigrant, the SPONSOR/petitionaire, submitted an affidavit of support stating that he could support them financially to the person he petitioned.. The purpose of this public charge rule is to force legal immigrant to look for a job, so that their employer will cover them with Insurance. Only citizen can vote, this rule will win more votes for Trump. Now, if you are a Green Card holder and want to become a citizen, having avail of Government benefits in the past or present, will disqualify you to get Naturalized, I dont know consult a lawyer they say it is possible, as long as you show your bank book…

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