Hawaii issues first legal move to challenge Trump’s revised travel ban

Hawaii issues first legal move to challenge Trump’s revised travel ban


Hawaii issues first legal move to challenge Trump’s revised travel ban
 
The Pacific state has become the first US state to take legal action to stop President Donald Trump’s newest travel ban that prohibits citizens from select Islamic countries from entering the country.  
 
On Thursday, March 9, the state asked the federal court to issue a nationwide temporary restraining order (TRO) that would reopen all US ports of entry to affected travelers.
 
Just a few days after Trump assumed office, he issued an executive order imposed solely on the citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. This also included the suspension of all refugee programs initiated by the previous administration.
 
It was then met with criticisms from all over the world and mass protests at airports across the country. On January 28, New York Federal Judge, Ann Donnelly, blocked part of the order, forcing to the president to rewrite the EO and issued an “eased” version in February.
 
The administration defended the ban and has repeatedly said that it has all the authority to implement policies that are crucial in protecting the country from all forms of terrorist attacks.
 
“There is the same blanket ban on entry from Muslim-majority countries (sans Iraq) and the same sweeping shutdown of refugee admissions (absent one exception) and lawless warren of exceptions and waivers,” Hawaii’s attorney general Douglas Chin told the press; saying that the revised order shares no differences with the original one.
 
Chin added that Hawaii finds the ban distasteful as it has managed to stay anti-discriminatory, both in the aspect of history and constitution, despite racial and religious differences among its people. “Twenty percent of the people is foreign-born, 100,000 are non-citizens, and 20 percent of the labor force is foreign-born.”  
 
US District Judge Derrick Watson agreed to continue with the case. A hearing has been set for March 15, a day before the implementation of the revised executive order.



Speak with one of our seasoned migration lawyers if you have more questions about how this Executive Order might affect your visa application, or your ability to travel in and out of the United States.
 
 
 
 
                                                                                                                                          
 

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