Hawaii puts up a fight over Trump’s immigration order

Hawaii filed a lawsuit on Tuesday to challenge Trump’s revised travel ban, claiming the new ban is still unconstitutional.

“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,” attorneys for the state said in court filings.

Hawaii wants to extend the temporary restraining order the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ordered for Trump’s first travel ban, according to The Hill.

“It means that universities, employers, and other institutions throughout the United States and in Hawaii will be unable to recruit or to welcome qualified individuals from the six designated countries,” attorneys went on to say.

“It threatens certain non-citizens within the United States and in Hawaii with the possibility that they will be unable to travel abroad and return—for instance, because their visa only permits them one entry, or because their visa will have expired during the time the Executive Order is still in place.”

Trump’s revisions to the ban included removing Iraq from the list of countries whose citizens are temporarily banned from entering the U.S., as well as making it clear Syrian refugees were under the same restrictions as all other refugees.

The new revision also makes it clear that green card holders and legal permanent residents are not affected by the ban.

H/T: The Hill


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