Oregon Judge Blocks Trump Insurance Requirement for Immigrants

On November 26, U.S. District Judge Michael Simon of Oregon issued a preliminary injunction against a presidential proclamation that would ban immigrants without health insurance from entering the country.  

The proclamation, issued October 4, would have required immigrants to have either “approved health insurance” or “the financial resources to pay for reasonably foreseeable medical costs” in order to obtain a visa. According to the Trump Administration, “Immigrants who enter this country should not further saddle our healthcare system, and subsequently American taxpayers, with higher costs.”  

The injunction was granted by Simon in the case Doe v. Trump, filed by the Justice Action Center, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Innovation Law Lab and Latino Network.   

In his ruling, Simon stated that “The Proclamation was not issued under any properly delegated authority,” as the right to create policies regarding naturalization properly lies with Congress. Furthermore, he found it “inconsistent” with the Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1965.  

Simon had placed a restraining order on the rule earlier this month, and since then an estimated 25,000 visas have been issued that would have been denied under the proclamation.  

In a press release for Latino Network, Senior Litigator Esther Sung of the Justice Action Center said “During this Thanksgiving week, we are so grateful for this court ruling that will keep families together and allow other families to reunite. This decision is an important check on the Trump administration’s effort to rewrite our nation’s immigration and health care laws in violation of the boundaries set out in the Constitution.”  

By Brandon Urey