The Trump administration says it will deny immigrant visas to people who lack health insurance or the financial means to cover medical expenses as permanent residents of the U.S.
President Donald Trump signed a proclamation on Friday that would require immigrants to prove they have health insurance within 30 days of entering the country. The proclamation will not affect eligibility for asylum or refugee status.
President Trump said in a statement: "While our healthcare system grapples with the challenges caused by uncompensated care, the United States Government is making the problem worse by admitting thousands of aliens who have not demonstrated any ability to pay for their healthcare costs."
He added: "Immigrants who enter this country should not further saddle our healthcare system, and subsequently American taxpayers, with higher costs."
The move by President Trump continues his aggressive push to limit financial costs of legal immigration. On Oct. 15, the Trump administration is set to implement a "public charge" rule that would restrict U.S. citizenship and green cards from low-income immigrants.
The health care proclamation is set to go into effect on Nov. 3.