‘The US has lifted a 22-year immigration ban which has stopped anyone with HIV/Aids from entering the country.’
The above quoted statement makes me so angry I can scream, as I know many of you reading this are doing the same. They can say the US has lifted a 22-year immigration ban on HIV/Aids from entering the country all they want but I will tell the US Government they are lying out their asses and if they think America or at least a small amount of us believe that they are insane. I guess they must not include ‘Refugees, Asylum, seekers that come into or have been even invited by the US Government with Aids/HIV, and other life threatening diseases, viruses all on the US Tax Payers Dime(which = Truck loads of Dimes)
President Obama said the ban was not compatible with US plans to be a leader in the fight against the disease.
For the first time in 2008, graphs from the Epidemiological fact sheets have been extracted into single-page country profiles. These country profiles have a special focus on trends. They include line charts on HIV prevalence 1990-2007, number of people living with HIV 1990-2007, annual number of deaths 1990-2007, antiretroviral therapy coverage 2004-2007 and prevention of mother-to-child transmission coverage 2004-2007.WHO Link to country profiles
HIV as a Ground of Inadmissibility: How it works
Two major sets of rules prevent noncitizens from entering and/or staying in the United States: the grounds of inadmissibility and deportability. HIV is not a ground of deportability, but is a ground of inadmissibility. This means DHS can “remove” someone from the United States for HIV only if the person entered the United States without government permission. DHS cannot deport people for being HIV positive or having an AIDS diagnosis if they entered on visas or now have lawful permanent residence.
Because HIV is a ground of inadmissibility, DHS may attempt to keep HIV positive individuals who are trying to enter the country, except US citizens and most lawful permanent residents, out of the United States. This includes temporary visitors (non-immigrants) and those intending to live in the United States permanently (immigrants). Another inadmissibility ground that is a barrier for many HIV positive noncitizens is the “public charge” ground,
Rejecting Noncitizens Trying to Enter the US
Although DHS does not test people for HIV when they try to enter the United States, everyone except US citizens and lawful permanent residents must get a visa to enter legally. Noncitizens who want to immigrate permanently to the United States as lawful permanent residents must submit to a medical examination that includes an HIV antibody test.MORE
The new rules come into force on Monday and the US plans to host a global HIV/Aids summit for the first time in 2012.The ban was imposed at the height of a global panic about the disease at the end of the 1980s.
It put the US in a group of just 12 countries, also including Libya and Saudi Arabia, that excluded anyone suffering from HIV/Aids.
The BBC’s Charles Scanlon, in Miami, says that improving treatments and evolving public perceptions have helped to bring about the change.Rachel Tiven, head of the campaign group Immigration Equality, told the BBC that the step was long overdue.