President Donald Trump announced Friday that legal immigrants will be denied visas unless they can prove they have health insurance or medical expenses.
The scheme, which will come into force on November 3, is part of wider efforts within the government, which wants to make it harder for low-income legal immigrants who receive food stamps or other taxpayer-funded aid to stay in the country.
Ken Cuccinelli, director of the US Citizenship and Immigration Department, announced this In August, he said that immigrants who could make a "public charge" would be rejected.
He explained that he interprets the inscription on the Statue of Liberty, "Give me your fatigue, your poverty," as "we." Expect that people of every income can stand on their own two feet.
Immigration advocates have filed several lawsuits against the administration because of broader policies that could impact on 400,000 legal duration applicants residing in San Francisco per year.
The immigration lawyer Elizabeth Jamae of the Pearl Law Group in San Francisco said the health rule was on a more solid legal footing and could possibly withstand challenges.
"There is very little case law, but what does it do?" The president gives her a wide authority, she said.
One of Trump signed proclamation states that the rule applies to immigrants who "financially burden the health care system of the United States, unless the alien is covered by a recognized health insurance … or not." The foreigner has the financial means to receive reasonably foreseeable medical care To pay the costs n. "
According to data, legal immigrants are about three times more likely than US citizens to be.
The new regulation does not specify what funding would suffice." Cuccinelli said in August, Immigrants could overcome the "public levy" by paying a $ 8,1
Health care does not apply to unaccompanied children, children of citizens, asylum seekers, and certain classes of visas, such as the repatriation of domestic visas,
"I do not think this concerns your average immigrant coming to a technology company," Jamae said. "It will affect low-income immigrants."
Grace Pai, director of the Family Immigration Interest Group said in a statement that the rule "is totally opposite to the values of our nation."  "The Trump The proclamation of the government is their latest attempt to allow only the few rich to immigrate to the United States," she said. "Value Our Families partners across the nation are against Trump's attempt to discriminate against families struggling to make ends meet."
Elyse Perlmutter-Gumbiner and dr. Suzanne Gamboa contributed.