Immigrant Family The proposalwould have required prospective immigrants would have to show StateDepartment consular officials that they're able to get healthcoverage within a month of entering the U.S. (Photo:Shutterstock)

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Yet another strategy on the part of the Trump administration todeny entry to the country to immigrants has been stalled, as ajudge issued a temporary restraining order against a proposed policy to bar people who cannot showthey can afford health insurance or medical costs.

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CBS News reports that Judge Michael Simon of the U.S.District Court in Oregon blocked the policy with a temporaryrestraining order just hours before it was set to take effect onSunday. According to the Migration Policy Institute, the policywould have denied entry to up to 375,000 potential legal immigrantsseeking to enter the country each year.

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Related: Judges say 'no' to green card ban on immigrantsneeding public assistance

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"We applaud the court's ruling; countless thousands across thecountry can breathe a sigh of relief today because the courtrecognized the urgent and irreparable harm that would have beeninflicted," Jesse Bless, director of federal litigation at theAmerican Immigration Lawyers Association, said in astatement.

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AILA, Innovation Law Lab and the Justice Action Center launcheda legal challenge to the policy last week, saying that the Trumpadministration was trying to override existing immigration policylaw without input from Congress.

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As might be expected, the administration plans to appeal thedecision, on the basis that Trump's policy would "protect" the U.S.health care system.

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The proposal would have required prospective immigrants wouldhave to show State Department consular officials that they're ableto get health coverage within a month of entering the U.S. If theyare unable to do so, they must show that they have the financialwherewithal to cover "reasonably foreseeable medical costs."Although the policy was announced last month, the State Departmenthas not yet released any guidance on how such a policy would bemanaged.

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This isn't the first restrictive policy issued by the WhiteHouse that's been dealt a blow by the courts. The policy that wouldhave denied green cards and temporary visas to any prospectiveimmigrants who might end up "on the public charge"—needingassistance from such public programs as food stamps or governmenthousing—was also blocked by several courts.

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The report says, "In his ruling, Simon said he would hold ahearing on November 22 to determine whether he will issue apreliminary injunction in the case. The temporary restraining orderis valid for 28 days."

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.