WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Oregon on Saturday tentatively blocked a Trump administration proclamation that would have expected proposed immigrants to confirm they would have U.S. health insurance within 30 days of their arrival or enough money to pay for “reasonably foreseeable medical costs.”
Judge Michael Simon in U.S. District Court in Portland, Oregon, awarded a preliminary injunction that prevents the rule from taking effect on Nov. 3. The legal challenge against it will continue.
Seven U.S. citizens and an advocacy organization filed a lawsuit to block the rule, arguing it “rewrites our immigration and healthcare laws by Presidential fiat” and could deny hundreds of thousands of prospective immigrants.
The Trump proclamation stated it intends to prevent healthcare providers and taxpayers from bearing “substantial costs in paying for medical expenses incurred by people who lack health insurance or the ability to pay for their healthcare.” It cited data that “lawful immigrants are about three times more likely than United States citizens to lack health insurance.”
Healthcare policy experts state immigrants use the U.S. system less often than Americans.