President Donald J. Trump created the temporary travel “ban” on January 27th. It was blocked once by a federal court in February, and an updated order was released this month which extended the refugee ban for 120 days while the Department of Homeland Security improves the vetting process.
Iraq was removed from the list, and it made clear that legal residents and visa holders were intended to be allowed into the country all along.
But now, it’s going back to court! The state of Hawaii has officially announced it will challenge the sensible policy in a court of law.
This is outrageous:
The state will file its complaint and temporary restraining order in federal court by Wednesday, according to a document published on the website of the Hogan Lovells law firm, based in Washington. On Monday, President Trump signed an executive order that bans travelers from six majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States for 90 days and bans all refugees from entering the country for 120 days.
“Here we go,” tweeted Hogan Lovells partner Neal Katyal Tuesday night. “Proud to stand w/State of Hawaii challenging Pres. Trump’s ‘new’ Executive Order issued yesterday.”
There was no answer at the telephone number for the White House press office late Tuesday and no immediate response to an email sent to the press office.
In an interview with CNN, Katyal said the new order covers fewer people than the initial one pushed forward by the president, but the new ban still “suffers from the same constitutional and statutory defects.”
Hawaii also filed a challenge to the original travel ban, but a judge in Seattle struck down their challenge.
Here we go. Proud to stand w/State of Hawaii challenging Pres.Trump’s “new” Executive Order issued yesterday. 1/2 https://t.co/GrPvlPGshL
— Neal Katyal (@neal_katyal) March 8, 2017
How much of Hawaii’s population is affected by this reasonable national security measure, anyway? Trump is trying to protect America from Islamic terrorists, and Hawaii seems to be determined to stand in his way.
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