(USA Features) As part of a series of new executive actions aimed at unraveling the previous administration, President Joe Biden on Friday signed an order reversing former President Donald Trump’s ban on granting visas to immigrants who were viewed as being a “burden” on U.S. taxpayers.
The White House said that it would not move ahead with the Trump administration’s plan because it “does not advance the interests” of the U.S. The order is the latest in a long line of previous executive actions that reverse Trump-era policies and rules that restricted legal immigration and those seeking asylum.
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Earlier, Biden signed actions that halted border wall construction, increased the number of refugees the U.S. will take in, and reimplemented so-called ‘catch-and-release’ policies at the border.
“My administration is committed to expanding access to quality, affordable healthcare. 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,” Biden said in a statement reversing the order.
Trump issued his order in October 2019, preventing the government from taking in immigrants who could not provide evidence that they had health insurance or demonstrate they could cover medical costs if they were allowed to become legal permanent residents.
Other countries have similar requirements.