Immigration advocates are suing the Trump administration over a health insurance requirement that would deny immigrant visas to those who can’t pay for health care, reports The Hill.
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the Justice Action Center, Innovation Law Lab and Sidley Austin, LLP in a lawsuit filed in Oregon said, “suspending the entry of potentially two thirds of all legal immigrants to the United States, the Proclamation represents an unprecedented abuse of... power.”
The filing also noted, "The Proclamation, like the recent Public Charge Rule, attempts to radically rewrite Congressional decision about which immigrants may enter the country based on wealth considerations.”
The White House in October announced it would deny the visas unless the immigrants can prove they have health insurance or can pay for medical costs once they become permanent residents of the United States.
The proclamation goes into effect on Nov. 3.
“The United States government is making the problem worse by admitting thousands of aliens who have not demonstrated any ability to pay for their health care costs,” President Donald Trump wrote at the time, adding, “immigrants who enter this country should not further saddle our health care system, and subsequently American taxpayers, with higher costs.”
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