Biden Revokes 2019 Ban on Immigrants Who Would Burden Healthcare System

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Ian Patrick, FISM News


President Joe Biden issued a proclamation on Friday revoking a Trump-era proclamation that barred aliens from legally entering the United States “unless the alien will be covered by approved health insurance . . . or unless the alien possesses the financial resources to pay for reasonably foreseeable medical costs.” The order was issued in October of 2019, and was designed to relieve taxpaying Americans and healthcare providers of costs imposed upon them due to treatment of uninsured individuals without compensation.

Biden stated that this 2019 proclamation “does not advance the interests of the United States.”

My Administration is committed to expanding access to quality, affordable healthcare.  We can achieve that objective, however, without barring the entry of noncitizens who seek to immigrate lawfully to this country but who lack significant financial means or have not purchased health insurance coverage from a restrictive list of qualifying plans.  The suspension of entry imposed in Proclamation 9945 is also in tension with the policy set forth in section 1 of Executive Order 14012 of February 2, 2021 (Restoring Faith in Our Legal Immigration Systems and Strengthening Integration and Inclusion Efforts for New Americans).

This comes on the heels of a report on Rasmussen, which states that 66% of likely U.S. voters believe that the current influx of migrants at the border should be labeled a “crisis.”