by Eric Lendrum
A federal judge issued a ruling that temporarily blocks the Trump Administration’s new rule declaring that legal immigrants must be able to purchase their own health insurance, as per Politico.
The order comes from District Court Judge Michael Simon in Oregon, who claimed that his ruling was justified because the rule would disproportionately affect poorer immigrants, which Simon claimed to be unconstitutional. The rule was projected to “affect approximately 60 percent of all immigrant visa applicants.”
The Trump Administration rule was aimed at reducing the financial burden on U.S. taxpayers who would otherwise be forced to subsidize health care for immigrants, legal and illegal. The rule also specifically prevented immigrants from simply using Obamacare and instead being required to purchase unsubsidized health insurance.
As with many unilateral rulings blocking the Trump Administration’s actions, the decision comes from yet another Obama-era appointee, and the administration is expected to appeal.
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Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22).
Photo “Citizenship Paperwork” by Grand Canyon National Park. CC BY 2.0.