Lawsuit Filed to Stop Implementation of Health Insurance Requirement for Immigrants

November 1, 2019 § Leave a comment

Civil Rights Coalition files lawsuit to halt implementation of President Trump’s proclamation to withhold entry of immigrants who do not have the means to obtain health insurance or pay for their medical expenses outright.

On 10/4/19, President Trump issued a proclamation suspending the entry of immigrants who “will financially burden the U.S. healthcare system,” claiming that immigrants entering the United States who don’t have access to health insurance or the ability to pay for their health care independently place an unnecessary burden on American taxpayers who become responsible for covering the cost of their bills. In addition, Trump states that uninsured individuals often overcrowd emergency rooms in hospitals, thereby preventing individuals in need of true emergency care from receiving necessary treatment. The proclamation was scheduled to go into effect at 12:01 AM (ET) on 11/3/19. However, on 10/30/19, the Civil Rights Coalition filed a lawsuit under the expectation that, if implemented, “the proclamation would have unprecedented scope and impact,” permanently separate families and forcing businesses to let go of essential employees, thus affecting a vast number of people, including U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. While some have speculated that the President’s attempts to ban underprivileged immigrants reflects a personal bias against immigrants of color, the proclamation is certainly unconstitutional and violates separation of powers by unilaterally rewriting U.S. immigration laws and violating Congress’s expressed intent to provide affordable healthcare to legal immigrants and citizens regardless of their financial status.

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