Immigrants will not be able to obtain visas without healthcare
The Trump administration announced last Friday that it intends to deny visa applications to immigrants who cannot afford the costs of medical coverage.
It is no longer about "legality" or "illegality." The Donald Trump government intends to put obstacles to all types of immigration in the country.
As usual, the administration closed the week with a new severe measure against immigrants seeking to apply for visas to enter the country.
As announced by the White House, from now on, "the entry of foreign immigrants that pose a financial burden to the United States health system will be suspended."
The document published by the government explains that individuals without health care or without proven financial resources to pay their medical costs will have their visa application denied.
Immigrants must have either: employer-sponsored health insurance; an unsubsidized health plan; a short-term health policy; a catastrophic plan; a family member's plan; a medical insurance plan for visitors, or a medical plan under the Medicare program.
The government argues: "Continuing to allow entry into the United States of certain immigrants who lack health insurance or the demonstrated ability to pay for their healthcare would be detrimental to the interests of U.S. taxpayers."
“Beyond imposing higher costs on hospitals and other healthcare infrastructure, uninsured individuals often use emergency rooms to seek remedies for a variety of non-emergency conditions, causing overcrowding and delays for those who truly need emergency services.”
According to CBS News, this new promulgation will not apply to people who already have documentation such as visas, asylum seekers, refugees, children of U.S. citizens living abroad or special visa holders for Iraqi and Afghan citizens who have collaborated with U.S. forces in those countries.
However, this administration's history of anti-immigrant measures speaks for itself.
"This administration is just fixated on the erroneous notion that immigrants are zapping taxpayer resources," said Doug Rand, a former Obama administration official, to the media. "So, they are kind of looking under every rock they possible can for any way to exclude people who aren’t wealthy.”
During August, Trump's government imposed a new rule to evaluate the economic resources of each immigrant who applies for a visa through regular channels, targeting those who are likely to use government benefit programs like food stamps and subsidiary housing.
But this new measure goes much further.
The lack of regulatory processes or judicial comments before the implementation of the measure - which will take effect this October - demonstrates the government's ploys again to circumvent the United States legal system, and thus avoid disputes in lower courts.
“Without the power to change U.S. law on his own, Trump is trying to find end runs around Congress and the legislative process to impose his will by fiat,”
Julie Dinnerstein, an immigration lawyer at CUNY Citizenship NOW, an organization that offers free legal services, told the New York Times.
Its new measure, sponsored by the White House's special immigration adviser Stephen Miller, then adjusts to legal loopholes such as those used to impose the immigration ban on people of Muslim origin or to authorize a national emergency that offered funds for Trump's longed-for border wall.
In one way or another, the goal is to shield the borders - physical or legislative - against any foreigner who may fall into the twisted stereotype sold by the Trump campaign.