United States District Court Judge Michael Simon recently placed a temporary restraining order on a ruling administered by the Trump administration several months ago. The Trump administration had required immigrants applying for any visas to live within the United States to prove that they either currently have health insurance or are otherwise able to pay for medical costs out of pocket.
District Court Judge Michael Simon handed down this ruling today, on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. The original rule was slated to have gone into effect on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019.
Judge Simon was only able to place a temporary stop to momentarily prevent the existing rule from going into effect, so immigrants seeking out visas to live in the United States should use this time to secure health insurance or drum up enough money to cover unexpected medical costs to improve their chances of being approved to live in the United States.
Simon was urged to look into the merits of the Trump administration’s actions after a lawsuit was filed earlier this week by a group consisting of a nonprofit organization and seven United States citizens. They sued the Trump administration because they felt the law would serve as an unfair means of separating family members from living close to one another.
Esther Sung, an official spokesperson for the Justice Action Center, recently shared with a major news organization that the existing law enacted by the Trump administration, had it not been blocked before going into effect tomorrow, on Sunday, Nov. 3, would likely have reduced the current amount of immigration flowing into the United States that is supported by green cards awarded to immigrants by the U.S. government by up to 70 percent.
People who support Judge Simon’s decision feel that immigrants attempting to enter the United States are generally not able to afford the ultra-high costs of seeking medical attention or paying for prescription drugs. This is especially true for people living in Mexico and other countries in Central America, where most modern immigrants into the United States hail from. Opponents of Simon’s decision feel that existing resources already allotted to American citizens would be spread even more thinly than they already are; put simply, there isn’t currently enough funding to cover needy Americans’ healthcare costs, let alone even more people than there already are here in the U.S.
Accepted types of healthcare cost coverage required by the now-blocked law put into place by the Trump administration do not include subsidies from Obamacare or Medicaid.