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LATEST IMMIGRATION NEWS: US Visa Applicants must show they can afford Health Care while in the country – Trump

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Immigrants hoping to find a place to the US will need to have an additional source of funding now if they want to get their visa.

The White House issued a presidential proclamation on Friday night requiring many visa applicants to show they can afford health care. This latest move  by the Trump administration could make it harder for poor migrants to enter the U.S.

The proclamation comes days after the 2021 Diversity Visa period opened.

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According to Wall Street Journal, the action, which is set to take effect in 30 days, would require applicants, including people with ties to family members in the U.S., to show they have health insurance or prove their financial ability to pay for medical care before being issued a visa that could lead to a green card.

“President Trump has taken action to promote immigrant self-sufficiency, which has long been a fundamental aspect of our immigration system,” the proclamation said.

The move marks the latest effort by President Trump to restrict immigrants’ ability to enter the U.S.

NPR reported that the administration is poised to implement a rule this month that would require many of the same applicants to demonstrate that they wouldn’t become reliant on public benefits including Medicaid should they be allowed to immigrate to the U.S.

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US media outlets also reported that the new requirement would take a further step, requiring anyone looking to move to the U.S. to enroll in private insurance—including as a dependent on a family member’s health plan—or possess the financial means to cover significant medical costs.

White House said it was taking the additional step to safeguard the health-care system for American citizens by preventing immigrants from enrolling in Medicaid or going to emergency rooms with no insurance, requiring hospitals or taxpayers to cover the cost.

The new requirement will potentially affect hundreds of thousands of people moving to the U.S. each year on immigrant visas.

According to data released by the State Department, during the the 2018 fiscal year, the U.S. issued a total of roughly 534,000 visas, which is a 4.6% decline from the previous year’s total.

Although the U.S. issues about 1.1 million green cards a year, the process has become more complicated during Trump’s time in office, forcing people issued with immigrant visas to wait for years in backlogs before they are granted permanent resident status.

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Why Amos Wako was banned from setting foot on US Soil

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The US has banned Busia Senator Amos Wako, his wife Flora Ngaira and son Julius from entering the country and doing business with it over corruption allegations while he was attorney-general.

In a statement, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo also banned Mr Wako’s wife Flora Ngaira, and son, Julius Wako.

This means that Mr Wako, wife and son will not be allowed to visit America or transact any business in that country with companies affiliated to Americans.

“Today (Monday), the Department designates former Kenyan Attorney General Amos Sitswila Wako due to his involvement in significant corruption,” said the statement that was released on Monday evening.

Mr Pompeo said the designation was made under Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and related programs appropriations Act, 2019 (Div. F, P.L. 116-6), as carried forward by the continuing appropriations Act, 2020 (Div. A, P.L. 116-59).

Section 7031(c) provides that, in cases where the Secretary of State has credible information that officials of foreign governments have been involved in significant corruption, those individuals and their immediate family members are ineligible for entry into the United States.

The law also requires the Secretary of State to publicly or privately designate such officials and their immediate family members.

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“Today’s action sends a strong signal that the United States is a valuable partner in Kenya’s fight against corruption.  Economic prosperity for all Kenyans is only possible by defeating the scourge of corruption, which also requires a functional, fair, and transparent criminal justice system,” said Mr Pompeo

He added that the United States will continue to stand with all Kenyans as they strive to curb and punish corruption in Kenya.

Mr Wako may still be allowed onto US soil if he visits as a member of the Kenyan delegation to the UN meetings or if the UN invites him, even though his movement could be restricted.

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Standard Group journalist’s daughter scores 439 marks to top in KCPE

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Standard Group journalist Jonathan Komen’s daughter, June Cheptoo Koech, is the second-best overall student in the 2019 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE).

June scored 439 marks out of 500 marks and was among the three candidates; Flavian Koech and Sean Michael who tied in the second position nationally. The top student this year, Michael Munyiri, scored 440 marks.

Reacting to the news, her father Komen, who has been christened The Lion by colleagues in the newsroom, said that in Cheptoo, a real lioness had been born.“They call me the lion in the newsroom, well, today I want to announce that a real lioness has been found,” said Komen.

Cheptoo sat her examination at Sangalo Central Primary in Nandi County, a public school.

Speaking to Standard Digital on phone, Komen described her daughter as an avid reader with a cool head, adding that her performance did not surprise the family having scored 446 marks in the final mock examinations.

Komen, a household name among sports journalists in the country courtesy of his nice sports stories has made the headlines, not because of an eye-catching story, but because his daughter is among the best in the country this year.

BY Standard

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Embakasi West MP George Theuri in mourning

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Embakasi West Member of Parliament George Theuri is mourning the death of his father Mzee Theuri.

Mzee Theuri passed on Monday morning.

The MP took to his social media accounts to mourn the death of his father.

“My family mourn, I can’t believe Dad you are gone; RIP Dad I celebrate you, my hero. I may try to look strong on the outside, but I am so broken,” Theuri wrote on Facebook.

His followers took the opportunity to send in their messages of condolences to the legislator.

“God gives and he takes. May he rest well,” Hon Simon Mbugua posted.

“May God comfort you and your family and may he RIP. I am sure the way you treated him per your other posts on here made his last days on earth really bright,” Grace Preety Wa Wachira commented.

“Pole sana Mheshimiwa, may God give you the strength you need at this difficult moment,” Catherine Mukunyi wrote.

“Sincere condolences bwana mheshimiwa may his soul rest in peace. It is well,” Ednah Kamau said.

“My sincere condolences to you and your family may God comfort you,” commented Berniece Mugoh.

“So sorry for the loss. May God give you and the entire family strength, peace, and grace that surpasses human understanding during this difficult time,” posted Eunice Wanjiru.

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“My condolences to you and your family. May the Lord comfort you as only he can. May he rest in peace,” Salome Thuo mentioned.

by NN

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