Hawaii launches new attack to stop Trump’s travel ban

After Hawaii’s emergency motion to challenge the scope of President Trump’s travel ban was denied by a federal judge on Thursday, the state’s attorneys immediately moved to file a new motion on Friday night, Hawaii time.

They again asked U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson to declare that the policy the Trump administration began implementing last week violates an injunction he issued in March.

Attorney General Douglas Chin and private counsel Neal Katyal also reiterated their request that Watson modify his order to broaden the scope of visa-seekers and refugees who would be exempt from the travel ban because of their family ties to U.S. citizens to include grandparents, cousins and in-laws.

“Both forms of relief are within this Court’s power to award, and Plaintiffs respectfully ask that this Court act swiftly to vindicate its injunction and halt the Government’s campaign of unlawful conduct,” Hawaii’s lawyers wrote.

On Thursday, Watson ruled that the state had taken the wrong procedural approach in its attempts to challenge the administration’s policy.

The travel ban affects people coming from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, because those countries sponsor terrorism.

Claiming that Muslims are discriminated against, critics have sued to stop the ban from taking effect.

In their arguments, Hawaii’s attorneys said that the state itself, along with resettlement agencies, is harmed by Trump’s guidelines because it stops them from helping refugees to move there.

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