Leah Zallman, lead author of thestudy, said the findings allude to the potentially negativeconsequences that tighter immigration policies could have on thehealth care industry. (Photo: Shutterstock)

President Donald Trump has repeatedly condemned U.S. immigration policy, arguing that manyimmigrants pose a threat to the nation and drain U.S. resources. But a study releasedMonday about health insurance challenges the president'sportrayal.

The studyin the journal Health Affairs found that immigrants covered byprivate health insurance and their employers contributed nearly $25billion more in premiums in 2014 than was spent on their care.Those in the country without legal status contributed nearly $8billion toward the surplus.

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