New Health Insurance Requirement for Immigrant Visas Blocked Temporarily by Federal Judge

U.S. federal judge blocks Trump's order to deny immigrant visas to entrants without an immediate source of health insurance in the United States.

By , J.D.


People in the process of applying for U.S. immigrant visas/green cards began scrambling last month (October 4, 2019), when Trump issued the Presidential Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry of Immigrants Who Will Financially Burden the United States Healthcare System. This executive order demanded that certain immigrants who might "financially burden" the U.S. healthcare system be barred from approval for conditional or permanent U.S. residence, unless they can demonstrate that they will have access to a U.S.-government approved form of health insurance within 30 days of entering the United States.

As has been true of many of these Presidential proclamations, this one skirted both Congress and the administrative agencies responsible for carrying out the law. Thus the order came without an opportunity for public hearing, comment, or debate.

That quickly led to lawsuits. Advocates including the Latino Network filed a class-action suit in the U.S. District Court in Portland, Oregon. The suit claimed that the proclamation would, if left as is, bar hundreds of thousands of immigrants from the U.S., thus separating many families in a change that is "unprecedented in its scope and impact."

In response, a U.S. federal judge ordered a hold on the order's implementation, which hold will last until the lawsuit is finished and the ultimate result decided upon. Thus there is a bar on the bar, for now.

Effective Date: November 1, 2019