Attorneys for Hawaii filed a lawsuit Tuesday asking a federal judge to issue a temporary restraining order to block Trump’s new travel ban.
This notion is in response to an executive order signed on Monday which prohibits foreign nationals from six countries to enter the US for 90 days and banning all refugees for 120 days beginning on March 16.
“The new executive order is resulting in the establishment of religion in the state of Hawaii contrary to its state constitution; it is inflicting immediate damage to Hawaii’s economy, educational institutions, and tourism industry; and it is subjecting a portion of the state’s citizens to second-class treatment and discrimination, while denying all Hawaii residents the benefits of an inclusive and pluralistic society,” attorneys said in court filings.
“The executive order means that thousands of individuals across the United States and in Hawaii who have immediate family members living in the affected countries will now be unable to receive visits from those persons or to be reunited with them in the United States,” the attorneys continued.
According to CNN
, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday that the ban is necessary because “we cannot compromise our nation’s security by allowing visitors entry when their own governments are unable or unwilling to provide the information we need to vet them responsibly, or when those governments actively support terrorism.”
This is not the first time Hawaii has sued. Hawaii filed a law suit over Trump’s first travel ban executive order as well, however the case was put on hold temporarily due to a federal judge’s temporary restraining order, which halted the original ban.
“To be sure, the new executive order covers fewer people than the old one,” Neal Katyal, an attorney for Hawaii and former US solicitor general, told CNN in an interview. Katyal emphasized that the new ban still “suffers from the same constitutional and statutory defects.”
The law suit highlights the claim that the new ban is discriminatory and harms Hawaii’s economy. Hawaii and the Justice Department have requested for the judge to reach the state’s request before the new executive order goes into effect on March 16. The court has not agreed to this joint inquiry.
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