Obama Appointed Judge Blocks Trump Healthcare Requirement Order for Immigrant Visas

CBS reports Michael H. Simon, a Obama appointed federal judge in Oregon, has blocked the Trump administration from enforcing a sweeping plan to deny visas to would-be immigrants based on their inability to show they could pay for health insurance or medical costs in the U.S.

Through a temporary restraining order, Judge Michael Simon of the U.S. District Court in Oregon blocked the policy hours before it was set to take effect on Sunday.

According to an estimate by the non-partisan Migration Policy Institute, the new requirements could bar up to 375,000 prospective legal immigrants from moving to the U.S. each year.

Per Wikipedia, On July 14, 2010, President Obama nominated Simon to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Oregon to fill the seat vacated by Judge Ancer L. Haggerty, who had taken senior status in August 2009.

TheHill reports a federal judge in Oregon blocked the Trump administration Saturday afternoon from enacting a policy that would require new immigrants to demonstrate they have health care or are able to afford it.

According to Wall Street Journal, the order, handed down by U.S. District Judge Michael Simon, prohibits the policy from taking effect for 28 days. The next hearing is set for Nov. 22.

The policy, which would have taken effect Monday, was introduced last month and primarily affects people attempting to immigrate to the U.S. to join family members.

The White House has described the policy as a healthcare system safeguard that would prevent immigrants from enrolling in medicaid or going to emergency rooms with no insurance, the Journal reports.

Critics of the policy say that it would bar poor immigrants from entering the country.

Similar to Trump’s travel ban, the policy was created by executive order.

The president has often been critical of the nation’s legal immigration system. Under the current system, family members of U.S. citizens are usually granted visas, and 50,000 green cards are awarded to immigrants from countries that have a low number of immigrants in the U.S., the paper reports.

The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment.

This article first appeared on TheConservativeOpinion.com 

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