Heath Insurance- A New Wrinkle in Legal Immigration

On Friday, October 4, 2019 President Trump issued a broad proclamation in the area of immigration. This one erects another barrier to legal immigration. Specifically, it excludes otherwise eligible immigrants from being issued a visa unless they can demonstrate financial ability to purchase health insurance for themselves and their family within 30 days of entry. And by “health insurance,” the proclamation means insurance outside of Obamacare. This proclamation will disproportionately impact those immigrating based on family ties and winners of the diversity lottery (who are predominantly from African countries). The proclamation is being used, in effect, to increase the income level required of new immigrants without asking congress to do so.