Trump signs proclamation restricting visas for uninsured
The measure will take effect on Nov3, it said.
"While our healthcare system grapples with the challenges caused by uncompensated care, the United States Government is making the problem worse by admitting thousands of aliens who have not demonstrated any ability to pay for their healthcare costs", Donald Trump said in the proclamation.
Donald Trump has made slicing authorized and unlawful immigration a centerpiece of his presidency.
According to the Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan immigration think tank, 57 per cent of USA immigrants had private health insurance in 2017, compared with 69 per cent of US-born, and 30 per cent had public health insurance coverage, compared with 36 per cent of native-born.
Capps said the proclamation does not outline a concrete path for visa petitioners to prove they will either obtain health insurance or cover all medical costs in the U.S.
In proclamation issued by the White House on Friday, said it would not affect any individual's eligibility for asylum or refugee status. Immigrants should not further saddle the American taxpayers with higher costs, he added. The White House has pushed for policies that would favor wealthier immigrants with special skills over immigrants from poorer countries, including in Latin America.
When announcing the public charge rule in August, acting US Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Ken Cuccinelli said it will encourage "self-reliance and self-sufficiency for those seeking to come to or stay in the United States".
But a National Academies of Sciences report in 2016 concluded immigration had a positive impact on economic growth overall in the United States, though immigrants were more likely to compete with less educated Americans and other immigrants for jobs.
The Trump administration is trying to move away from a family-based immigration system and into a merit-based system, and Friday's proclamation is another effort to limit immigrant access to public programs.