This weekend, a federal judge issued a nationwide temporary injunction blocking the Trump Administration from implementing a policy that would bar immigrants who cannot meet incredibly high, immediate and arbitrary health care standards. The policy could potentially bar up to 375,000 people from becoming legal permanent residents every year, many of whom are immediate family members of U.S. citizens.
The ruling, issued by Judge Michael Simon of the Federal District Court in Portland, Ore., is the latest in a string of court decisions derailing the Administration’s attempts to drastically slash legal immigration levels
The decision stems from a lawsuit filed on October 30 by litigators from the Justice Action Center (JAC), the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the Innovation Law Lab (with Sidley Austin LLP providing pro bono assistance). The attorneys argued that “this new requirement rewrites our immigration and health care laws,” and that the policy could effectively bar up to 375,000 “otherwise qualified immigrants each year.”