Government Introduces Visa-Denial Policy for Uninsured, Indigent Immigrants

Illegal immigration

Immigration has been playing a theoretical role in shaping the 2020 presidential elections. While the government is making head to head moves, bringing in various policies to curb both legal and illegal immigration, the Democratic hopefuls have been criticizing the Trump administration for ignoring the plight of the immigrants in the process of initiating new policies.

The government’s hardline stance towards immigration is supported by many leaders, who have been calling it a necessary act in the country that now ranks third highest in terms of population with continuous increments in the number of non-citizens.

The new proclamation issued by the Trump administration on late Friday is set to deny visas to uninsured and low-income immigrants, who fail to get a health insurance within 30 days of their arrival in the US or demonstrate their ability to pay for their medical expenses.

The move was seen as a huge blow to the immigrants, who wanted to enter the US but could not afford to pay for the mentioned expenses. The proposal amid their poverty has hard hit their minds, while their lives remain devastated with little hope.

A data calculating the taxes and public benefits received by the US population stated that the first-generation immigrants and their children paid $1,600 less in taxes than they received in public benefits annually from 1994 to 2013. But second and third generations, which were better educated, contributed more than they took in — $1,700 and $1,300 annually.

Following the illegal immigration in the country, the critics believe that the non-citizens in the country are the ones more likely to be uninsured. Though the Affordable Care Act has a provision of providing health care subsidies to the immigrants with legal status, yet these immigrants are the ones to be affected more than the others. This is because the subsidized insurance does not qualify as sufficient health coverage.

Apart from the claimed restrictions, the new proclamation offers exceptions for immigrants, who already have a valid visa, children of US citizens, unaccompanied children, permanent residents who have been outside of the US for more than one year, and recipients of “special immigrant visas” for Afghanis and Iraqis who have aided the US government and their families.

The proclamation appears to cover all other visa categories across the board. Parents and spouses of US citizens and the immediate family members of lawful permanent residents are also subject to the proclamation. Though additional exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis.

Though the latest move by the government has certain pros and cons that would affect both legal and illegal immigration in the country, it’s importance cannot be nullified. It’s a true fact that the increased number of immigrants has together led to dragging down of the public resources but it’s an equally accepted fact that the government policies have not been able to improve the immigration crisis in the country.

All in all, the current move is expected to increase the financial burden on the United States healthcare system.


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