Obama lifts HIV/AIDS immigration ban


On January 4, 2010, the Obama administration lifted a 22-year immigration ban which has stopped anyone with HIV/AIDS from entering the country. Obama began the process of lifting the ban in 2009.

On July 2, 2009, HHS (Health and Human Services) published a proposed amendment to remove HIV infection from inadmissibility to the US. On November 2, 2009, HHS published the final rule that dropped HIV from the list of diseases barring visitors from entering this country, effective Jan. 4, 2010.(1)

Is the Aids virus less deadly now than 22 years ago? No. This was purely a political pandering move by Obama at one of his staunchest group of supporters, the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Community. This decision puts the public at greater risk not to mention these people will be receiving medical treatment at taxpayer expense. Drug resistance is on the rise and new drugs must be continually developed.

The lifting of the ban on people with HIV/AIDS from entering the country was the fulfillment of a pledge by Obama to a crowd of some 250 LGBT activists at a White House reception in July, 2009.

As a presidential candidate, Mr. Obama vowed to overturn the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, which prohibits openly gay men and women from serving, and to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, which allows states to ignore same-sex marriages performed in other states and bars the federal government from granting marriage benefits to people in same-sex unions.

HHS estimates that anywhere from 1,073 to 6,409 HIV-infected aliens have been given legal permanent residency every year since 2010. This estimate does not include those who have illegally crossed the border or overstayed their visas.

This change in immigration rules by the Obama Administration was done without the consent of Congress. 

1. http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2009pres/11/20091102b.html