Trump to block immigrants unable to pay for health care

Trump pushed for wide-ranging immigration law reforms to fulfill promises he made during his 2016 presidential campaign. (File/AFP)
Updated 05 October 2019

Trump to block immigrants unable to pay for health care

  • Visas will only be issues to potential immigrants who can prove they “will not impose a substantial burden”
  • The measure will go into effect November 3

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 health care 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 campaign platform.
He has pushed wide-ranging immigration law reforms, while tasking authorities with carrying out mass deportations of people in the US illegally.
Last week Washington also announced plans to dramatically lower its ceiling on a decades-old refugee resettlement program by 40 percent.


Schools closed in New Delhi as air quality dips further

Updated 37 min 39 sec ago

Schools closed in New Delhi as air quality dips further

  • Buildings and monuments are largely obscured by the haze
  • The smoke from fields mixes with vehicle emissions and construction dust, making it the world’s most polluted capital

NEW DELHI: Schools in India’s capital are shut after air quality plunged to a severe category for the third consecutive day, enveloping New Delhi in a thick gray haze of noxious air.

According to the state-run Central Pollution Control Board, the air quality index Thursday exceeded 460, nine times the level recommended by the WHO.

Buildings and monuments are largely obscured by the haze and an official health advisory has asked residents to avoid all physical activity outdoors.

Air pollution in northern India, including New Delhi, peaks in the winter due to smoke from agricultural fires.

The smoke from fields mixes with vehicle emissions and construction dust, making it the world’s most polluted capital.