Federal Court Enjoins Implementation of Health Insurance Requirement

On Friday, October 4, 2019 President Trump issued a broad proclamation that would have excluded otherwise eligible immigrants from being issued a visa unless they could demonstrate financial ability to purchase health insurance within 30 days of entry (see Oct. 10, 2019 blog post).  A lawsuit was immediately brought by immigration advocates challenging the proclamation.  Today a federal district court in Oregon issued a nationwide injunction, prohibiting the implementation of the proclamation while the lawsuit is pending. The proclamation would have had a disproportionate impact on those immigrating legally based on family ties, as well as winners of the diversity lottery (who are predominantly from African countries).