THE LATEST: Trump Bans Immigrants Who Don’t Have Health Insurance
October 7, 2019
Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda is cruel, immoral, against everything we stand for as a country, and hit yet another stunning new low last week. Here’s the latest:
Trump will deny visas to immigrants who cannot prove they will have or can pay for health insurance.
New York Times: “The Trump administration will deny visas to immigrants who cannot prove they will have health insurance or the ability to pay for medical costs once they become permanent residents of the United States, the White House announced Friday in the latest move by President Trump to undermine legal immigration.”
Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda is unathombaly cruel. He has even threatened to shoot migrants trying to cross the border.
New York Times: “Privately, the president had often talked about fortifying a border wall with a water-filled trench, stocked with snakes or alligators, prompting aides to seek a cost estimate. He wanted the wall electrified, with spikes on top that could pierce human flesh. After publicly suggesting that soldiers shoot migrants if they threw rocks, the president backed off when his staff told him that was illegal. But later in a meeting, aides recalled, he suggested that they shoot migrants in the legs to slow them down. That’s not allowed either, they told him.”
Trump is seeking to indefinitely detain immigrants, collect their DNA, and entering it into a government criminal database.
New York Times: “The Trump administration is moving to collect DNA samples from hundreds of thousands of people booked into federal immigration custody each year and to enter the results into a national criminal database, an immense expansion of the use of technology to enforce the nation’s immigration laws.”
Thousands of migrant families still face trauma after being forcibly separated by the Trump administration, with some even trying to kill themselves.
NBC News: “Thousands of migrant children and parents were ‘cruelly and inhumanely’ separated by the Trump administration, with several parents having tried to kill themselves and at least one dying by suicide, according to a federal lawsuit filed Thursday by the American Civil Liberties Union.”