Trump slams Democrats over health care for undocumented immigrants

President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans consider skipping witnesses in Trump impeachment trial Bombshell Afghanistan report bolsters calls for end to 'forever wars' Lawmakers dismiss Chinese retaliatory threat to US tech MORE hammered the Democratic presidential contenders onstage for the primary debate Thursday night after all 10 said their health care plans would cover undocumented immigrants. 

“All Democrats just raised their hands for giving millions of illegal aliens unlimited healthcare. How about taking care of American Citizens first!? That’s the end of that race!” the president tweeted from Japan during the Group of 20 summit

The tweet came after the debate moderators asked the candidates to raise their hands if they would cover undocumented immigrants, to which all did.


“Our country is healthier when everybody is healthier,” South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegTrump trade deal likely to sow division in Democratic presidential field Buttigieg says he doubts consulting work for insurer led to layoffs Biden narrowly ahead in Iowa as Sanders surges, Warren drops: poll MORE said. “This is not about a handout, this is an insurance program. And we do ourselves no favors by having 11 million undocumented people in our country be unable to access health care. But of course the real problem is we shouldn’t have 11 million undocumented people with no pathway to citizenship.” 

“As the mayor said, you cannot let people who are sick, no matter where they come from, no matter what their status, go uncovered. You can’t do that,” Biden added. 

Immigration has emerged as one of the top animating issues for both parties, with Democrats vowing to curtail the threat of deportation and provide pathways to citizenship while Trump doubles down on hard-line policies to curb legal and illegal border crossings and ramp up deportations of migrants already in the U.S.