May 14, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Biden revokes Trump order blocking entry of immigrants who can't pay for health care

Photo of Joe Biden speaking from a podium outside the White House

Photo: Alex Wong via Getty Images

President Biden on Friday revoked a Trump-era executive order that barred the entry of immigrants deemed a "financial burden" on the U.S. health care system.

Why it matters: It's one of several policies under the previous administration that targeted immigrants. Biden has sought to undo his predecessor's actions on the issue since taking office, but has been met with criticism and challenges in recent months.

Flashback: The 2019 order required immigrant-visa applicants to prove they could obtain health insurance within 30 days of entering the U.S. or cover their own health care expenses before they were permitted to stay in the country.

  • "Immigrants who enter this country should not further saddle our health care system, and subsequently American taxpayers, with higher costs," Trump said in the proclamation, per the Hill.

What he's saying: "My Administration is committed to expanding access to quality, affordable healthcare," Biden said in a statement.

  • "We can achieve that objective, however, without barring the entry of noncitizens who seek to immigrate lawfully to this country but who lack significant financial means or have not purchased health insurance coverage from a restrictive list of qualifying plans."

The big picture: Biden met with a group of DACA recipients on Friday to signal support for immigration reform.

  • He continues to face backlash over management of U.S.-Mexico border crossings.

Go deeper: Biden confronts mounting humanitarian crisis at the border

Go deeper