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BREAKING: Oregon Judge Blocks Presidential Proclamation Suspending the Entry of Immigrants Financially Burdening the Healthcare System

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In the latest blow to President Trump’s embattled Presidency, on November 2nd federal judge Michael Simon issued a preliminary injunction blocking the government from enforcing the President’s Proclamation issued on October 4, 2019, suspending the entry of any immigrant who will “financially burden the United States healthcare system.”

Judge Simon’s decision came just one day before the government’s planned implementation of the Presidential Proclamation.

The judge’s order applies nationwide and prohibits the government from implementing any part of the Proclamation requiring individuals seeking an immigrant visa to provide evidence “to a consular officer’s satisfaction” that they would either be covered by an approved health insurance within 30 days of entry to the United States, or possess the financial resources to pay for reasonably foreseeable medical costs.

Judge Simon’s decision came in response to a class action lawsuit filed in Federal District Court in the District of Oregon by seven United States Citizens and a non-profit organization against the Trump administration, challenging the legality of the Presidential Proclamation.

Plaintiff’s argued that the Proclamation should be found unlawful because it does not advance the President’s goal of reducing the burden of uncompensated care for uninsured individuals. Plaintiff’s called into question the President’s true intentions in issuing the Proclamation, stating that the Proclamation “is but the latest link in a long chain of statements and actions by this President and his Administration expressing antipathy toward all noncitizens. . .particularly immigrants of color, from Central and Latin America, Africa and the Middle East.”

Plaintiffs also highlighted the Trump administration’s attack on immigrant populations of color writing in their lawsuit that , “since the early days of [the President’s] administration, [he] has consistently called for eliminating the two main ways that immigrants from predominantly nonwhite countries receive visas—the family preference system and the diversity visa lottery… the Proclamation now appears to be an attempt by presidential fiat. The laws and Constitution of this country do not countenance such executive overreach.”

Judge Simon agreed that for now Plaintiffs have cause to bring the lawsuit and blocked enforcement of the Presidential Proclamation to maintain the status quo until a final resolution has been made on the merits of the case. It will likely take months before a final decision is reached, but for now immigrant visa applicants can rest assured that the Proclamation will not be enforced until at least the near future.

For more information about this temporary injunction please click here.