President Donald Trump on Thursday extended pandemic related bans on green cards and work visas to large groups of applicants through March 31, while a federal appeals court sided with him on a rule that requires new immigrants to have their own health insurance. The twin developments on the final day of 2020 encapsulated how Mr. Trump has made U.S. immigration policy more restrictive without support from Congress. Biden’s promise President-Elect Joe Biden has promised to undo many of Mr. Trump’s actions but it is unclear how quickly and even to what extent. Federal judges have limited the impact of the pandemic related visa bans, which were set to expire on Thursday. Mr. Biden, who is now forced to decide when and whether to lift them after taking office on January 20, doesn’t specifically address the issue in his immigration platform.
Mr. Biden also doesn’t directly address the health insurance requirement in his platform. In April, Mr. Trump imposed a ban on green cards issued abroad that largely targets family members of people already in the U.S. After a surprisingly chilly reception from immigration 0, doesn’t specifically address the issue in his immigration platform. Mr. Biden also doesn’t directly address the health insurance requirement in his platform. In April, Mr. Trump imposed a ban on green cards issued abroad that largely targets family members of people already in the U.S. After a surprisingly chilly reception from immigration hawks, the administration went much further in June by adding H1B visas, which are widely used by American and Indian technology company workers and their families; H2B visas for nonagricultural seasonal workers; J1 visas for cultural exchanges; and L1 visas for managers and other key employees of multinational corporations.
Mr. Trump said the measures would protect American jobs in a pandemic wracked economy, while business groups said they would hamper a recovery. “The effects of COVID19 on the U.S. labor market and on the health of American communities is a matter of ongoing national concern,” Mr. Trump’s proclamation on Thursday read. On asylum-seekers By contrast, the administration’s edict to immediately expel asylum seekers and others who cross the border illegally from Mexico was justified on grounds of containing the coronavirus, through reporting by
The Associated Press and others found that government scientists saw no evidence for it. A temporary ban on nonessential travel across the Mexican and Canadian borders was also done for public health. In its ruling issued on Thursday, a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals panel voted 21 to clear the way for Mr. Trump’s requirement that immigrants have health insurance. New immigrants must demonstrate they can obtain coverage within 30 days and pay their medical expenses. A Federal Judge blocked the rule from taking effect almost immediately after it was announced in October 2019.
Judge Daniel P. Collins, a Trump appointee, wrote that the President acted within his authority, relying largely on the Supreme Court’s ruling that upheld Mr. Trump’s travel ban on several predominantly Muslim countries. He was joined by Judge Jay Bybee, who was appointed by President George W. Bush. Judge A. Wallace Tashima, who was appointed by President Bill Clinton, dissented, calling the policy “a major overhaul of this nation’s immigration laws without the input of Congress — a sweeping and unprecedented exercise of unilateral executive power.”
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