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Trump's Health Insurance Rule Blocked by Preliminary Injunction

Last month, we told you about President Trump’s proclamation which orders immigration officials to only accept visa petitions if the applicants are able to prove they have the financial means to pay for health insurance within a month of arriving in the United States.

Now, a federal judge in Oregon has blocked Trump’s health insurance rule by granting a preliminary injunction. U.S. District Judge Michael Simon issued the injunction on November 26th, 2019, on the grounds that it “could not take effect while a lawsuit challenging its constitutionality makes its way through the courts.”

Under the President's proclamation, people who are trying to petition for immigrant visas from abroad would have been affected. Immigrants already in the U.S. with pending visa and asylum cases would not be impacted by the proclamation.

The lawsuit against the Trump Amdnsration was brought forth by seven U.S. citizens and a nonprofit organization arguing that the health insurance rule would “block nearly two-thirds of all prospective legal immigrants” and “greatly reduce or eliminate the number of immigrants who enter the U.S. with family-sponsored visas.”

Commenting on the preliminary injunction, Esther Sung of the Justice Action Center said, “This decision is an important check on the Trump administration’s effort to rewrite our nation’s immigration and healthcare laws in violation of the boundaries set out in the Constitution.”

According to the Migration Policy Institute, the uninsured rate for immigrants in the United States dropped from 32% to 20% from 2013 to 2017. It is important to note that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been credited with the increase. The Affordable Care Act is another program that has come under attack by the Trump administration. Its fate is still being decided by the Supreme Court.

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