WASHINGTON The US 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.
Trump made cracking down on immigration a key part of his 2016 presidential
He has pushed wide ranging immigration law reforms while tasking
authorities with carrying out mass deportations of people in the US
Last week Washington also announced plans to dramatically lower its ceiling
on a decades old refugee resettlement program by 40 percent.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)