The Trump administration contended in its proclamation that immigrants are "about three times more likely" than USA citizens to be uninsured and said they "should not further saddle our health care system, and subsequently American taxpayers, with higher costs". Simon scheduled a hearing for November 22 on arguments about whether to issue a preliminary injunction. The rule does not apply to refugees, children, asylum seekers or those who are lawful permanent residents already.
About 1.1 million people obtain green cards to become permanent residents of the US, every year.
The U.S. government's rule was challenged by Innovation Law Lab headquartered in Portland and Los Angeles-based Justice Action Center, which filed a lawsuit against it on October 30, the Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) reported.
"We're very grateful that the court recognized the need to block the health care ban immediately", Sung said at Saturday's hearing in Portland.
The lawsuit noted the affected immigrants would be mainly non-white. They said the policy would inflict irreparable harm on the plaintiffs, who are US citizens sponsoring visas for family members overseas.
While he did not say when he would issue a final ruling on whether Trump's policy is legal, his legal order made it clear that he was concerned about the human toll of putting Trump's rule into effect.
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But I fought with the pain as much as I could. Open final - was overwhelmingly positive. I really can't complain", she said.
This order comes after a group of U.S. citizens sued the Trump administration, arguing that this is a new form of "family separation".
The lawsuit also accused the Trump administration of attempting to overhaul the nation's immigration laws without approval from Congress.
The State Department has yet to release public guidance for applicants on satisfying the healthcare requirement. The courts have also blocked that measure.
In a statement provided to the Washington Post, press secretary Stephanie Grisham said: "It is wrong and unfair for a single district court judge to thwart the policies that the president determined would best protect the United States health care system". A "public charge" rule would allow denial of green cards and temporary visas to immigrants from obtaining public benefits, including food stamps and government housing programs.
"Countless thousands across the country can breathe a sigh of relief today because the court recognized the urgent and irreparable harm that would have been inflicted", Bless said.
This order was issued under the same authority that President Trump used to ban visitors from certain Muslim-majority countries.