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Judge temporarily blocks Trump order requiring would-be immigrants to prove they have health insurance

Immigration attorneys and health officials on Sunday said they still fear that a Trump administration order placing health insurance requirements on would-be immigrants would stymie family-based immigration and sow confusion and fear in immigrant communities despite a federal judge blocking the rule.U.S. District Court Judge Michael Simon in Portland, Ore., issued a temporary restraining order Saturday, the day before the policy was set to go into effect. But immigration attorneys and health officials said the move does not alleviate uncertainty among existing and would-be immigrants.President Trump’s October proclamation required that prospective immigrants demonstrate they could obtain health insurance within 30 days of arriving in the United States — a demand that immigration and health experts said would be particularly onerous for low-income immigrants who may not already have lined up jobs with health insurance or may be unable to pay for “reasonably foreseeable medical costs,” as the rule states. Experts warned that the policy would favor the wealthy and prevent many U.S. citizens from bringing family members into the country. The proclamation also required that even those who qualified for a federal tax subsidy to help them buy health insurance on the Obamacare individual market would have to reject that option, although there is not a mechanism on the federal health exchange website, healthcare.gov, to do so. Yet the temporary blocks on the two policies — both of which experts said appeared designed to favor wealthy immigrants and prevent many low-income immigrants from coming to the United States — has done little to assuage fear among immigrants already living here. Some have sought to disenroll from federal health insurance to which they are legally entitled, including Medicaid, health officials said, while others fear that their relatives will not be able to immigrate.The proclamation sparked particular confusion among some American citizens who planned to apply for visas for their parents and other relatives, said Jesse Bless, director of litigation at the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Other immigrants expressed concern that if they leave
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