Trump Administration Attempts to Block Some Immigrants' Access to Healthcare
The Trump administration has been actively drafting policies to diminish the rights of immigrants, including access to healthcare.
In recent news, on November 2, 2019, Judge Michael Simon of the Federal District Court in Portland, Oregon, blocked the administration from implementing a policy requiring immigrant visa applicants to present evidence of insurance or financial resources for medical costs one day prior to the policy’s implementation. The administration’s justification for implementing this draconian policy was that it would prevent the “costs associated with this care [from being] passed on to the American people in the form of higher taxes, higher premiums, and higher fees for medical services…” Judge Simon imposed a temporary restraining order that prevents the government from carrying out the administration’s policy change.
On October 4, the administration had ordered consular officers to stop immigrant visa applicants from becoming permanent residents if they could not prove they had health insurance or the financial resources to pay for medical expenses.
The unlawful policy would have initiated a wave of irreparable harm and unnecessary policy change in health care laws that would affect prospective immigrants and U.S. citizens alike. Had the block not been implemented, this would have affected thousands of intending immigrants who were in the process of becoming permanent residents. The Federal judge also blocked a “public charge” rule from the administration that would have denied green cards to immigrants who utilize public benefits such as food stamps and subsidized housing.