A United States judge in Oregon has blocked a proclamation of the Trump administration that intended to reject visa applications to immigrants without access to health insurance, through a preliminary injunction.
A proclamation issued in the evening of October 4, by the White House announced that the US President Donald Trump instructed the authorities to stop granting visas to immigrants who would become a “financial burden” to the US healthcare system.
The proclamation stated that the US hospitals and other providers often administer care to the uninsured without any hope of receiving reimbursement from them, the costs of which are then passed on to the American people in the form of higher taxes, higher premiums and higher fees for medical services.
However, US District Judge Michael Simon has halted the directive as according to him, the proclamation has offered no national security or foreign relations justification for the sweeping change in immigration law.
“Instead, the president attempts to justify the Proclamation based on an asserted burden to the United States healthcare system and federal taxpayers,” judge Simon said.
The same judge, previously issued an emergency temporary restraining order on Trump’s proclamation, after a coalition of immigration advocacy groups and legal organizations started a legal challenge against Trump’s attempt to reject visas to immigrants that cannot afford healthcare.
The White House, however, is not happy with Judge Simon’s decision, a statement from the Press Secretary shows. According to this statement issued shortly after the proclamation was blocked, it was the congress itself that provided the President with broad authority to impose additional restrictions or limitations on the entry of aliens into the United States.
“The district court’s decision enjoining the proclamation disregards the statute’s text, in violation of the Supreme Court’s decision. We look forward to defending the President’s lawful action,” the statement reads.
Trump has been undertaking several actions to make visa application procedures harder for immigrants, including increased visa fees, as he intensifies his efforts to fulfill his campaign promises to curb immigration, in about a year before the Election day.
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