Lawsuit Filed to Halt Implementation of Health Insurance Proclamation

On Friday American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and others, filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon to stop implementation of President Trump’s health insurance proclamation, set to take effect on November 3, 2019 (see earlier blog post). The suit argues that the proclamation contravenes immigration and healthcare laws and exceeds the scope of the president’s statutory authority. AILA maintains that by suspending the entry of potentially two-thirds of all legal immigrants to the United States, the proclamation represents an unprecedented abuse of the §212(f) power. AILA Director of Litigation Jesse Bless called the proclamation akin to “zero tolerance for immigrant families.” The plaintiff in the suit is a US citizen who has waited years to get an immigrant visa for his wife who lives in Mexico. His wife has an appointment at the consular post for that visa on November 6. However, under the proclamation she will not get the visa because her husband is disabled, relying on subsidized health insurance.