Judge Blocks Trump's Health Insurance Requirement For Immigrants


Oregon District Judge Michael Simon has approved a temporary restraining order that will delay the administration from enacting a new rule that immigrants must prove they either have health insurance or the financial means to cover health care expenses as part of the visa application process.

But Judge Simon's 18-page ruling seemed to leave the administration with limited room to craft a dissent.

In addition to finding the thrust of the proclamation against the law, he also said the insurance standards the president set out are probably unworkable.

"Immigrants who enter this country should not further saddle our healthcare system, and subsequently American taxpayers, with higher costs", Trump had said in a proclamation in October.

Last Wednesday, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Portland-based Innovation Law Lab and Los Angeles-based Justice Action Center filed a lawsuit. Sung, who acted on behalf of the plaintiffs, added: "The ban would separate families and cut two-thirds of green-card-based immigration starting tonight, were the ban not stopped".

It cited data that "lawful immigrants are about three times more likely than United States citizens to lack health insurance". "It will affect mostly immigrants from Latin America, Africa, and Asia, by drastically reducing, if not eliminating, the numbers of immigrants who enter the United States with family-sponsored visas, humanitarian visas, or diversity visas".

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"However, it would apply to the spouses and parents of USA citizens and the immediate family members of lawful permanent residents", NPR reported last month.

Under the government's visa rule, the required insurance can be bought individually or provided by an employer and it can be short-term coverage or catastrophic.

In a statement provided to the Washington Post, press secretary Stephanie Grisham said: "It is wrong and unfair for a single district court judge to thwart the policies that the president determined would best protect the United States health care system".

Probable immigrants have been trying to determine how to get the insurance they need. Per an diagnosis by Leighton Ku, director of the Centre for Health Policy Examine at George Washington College, fresh immigrants with out insurance accounted for decrease than one-tenth of 1% of U.S. clinical expenditures in 2017.

"Countless thousands across the country can breathe a sigh of relief today because the court recognized the urgent and irreparable harm that would have been inflicted in the absence of a TRO", Jesse Bless, director of federal litigation at AILA, said.