The Health 202: Illness is one of many new factors to count against immigrants seeking U.S. residency

By Paige Winfield Cunningham

Excerpt:

Immigrants with an illness or insufficient savings to cover unforeseen medical costs could soon find it harder to gain admittance to the United States or stay here permanently.

Those circumstances are among a slew of new and tightened criteria immigration officials will soon start considering when they review applications for green cards or U.S. citizenship, under the Trump administration’s latest effort to limit immigration and discourage reliance on safety-net programs.

It’s no secret that cracking down on legal and illegal immigration through a variety of measures has become one of the administration’s hallmarks. It’s just the latest in a string of efforts to put more bureaucratic barriers in place, as my Washington Post colleagues Abigail Hauslohner, Nick Miroff, Maria Sacchetti and Tracy Jan report.

 

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