Judge blocks White House's health care requirement for new immigrants

Judge blocks White House's health care requirement for new immigrants
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A federal judge in Oregon blocked the Trump administration on Saturday afternoon from enacting a policy that would require new immigrants to demonstrate they have health care or are able to afford it.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the order, handed down by U.S. District Judge Michael Simon, prohibits the policy from taking effect for 28 days. The next hearing is set for Nov. 22.

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The policy, which would have taken effect Sunday, was introduced last month and would primarily affect people attempting to immigrate to the U.S. to join family members.

The White House has described the policy as a health care system safeguard that would prevent immigrants from enrolling in Medicaid or going to emergency rooms with no insurance, the Journal reported.

Critics of the policy say it would bar poor immigrants from entering the country.

Similar to Trump's travel ban, the policy was created by executive order.

The president has often been critical of the nation's legal immigration system. Under the current system, family members of U.S. citizens are usually granted visas, and 50,000 green cards are awarded to immigrants from countries that have low numbers of immigrants in the U.S., the paper reported.

The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment.

--This report was updated on Nov. 3 at 11:53 a.m.