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Trump’s Immigrant Healthcare Proclamation

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The White House issued a proclamation that prevents would-be immigrants from obtaining a visa into the United States if they cannot pay for their own health insurance. The White House argues that many immigrants place a “financial burden” on the healthcare system in the United States.

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“Trump suspends entry for migrants who will ‘financially burden the United States healthcare system”

“Trump signs proclamation that says U.S. visa will be denied for immigrants who can’t prove they can afford health care”

“Trump signs proclamation requiring immigrants to show they can pay for health care”

“Immigrant rights groups slam Trump policy requiring migrant health insurance”

“Trump administration to restrict visas for uninsured applicants”

“Trump’s immigrant health care proclamation is aimed at the wrong problem”


  • Writing: Describe the impact that this policy may or may not have on the U.S. healthcare system. Why is U.S. healthcare more expensive per capita than in any other industrialized country in the world?
  • Debate: Restricting legal immigration on the basis of income will only increase the incentive to enter into the United States illegally.
  • Poll: Is restricting legal immigration on the basis of health insurance a good or bad policy?
  • Short Answer: Why might the Trump administration be moving to restrict both legal and illegal immigration?

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