Hawaii first state to chal­lenge new Trump travel ban

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Hawaii has be­come the first US state to file suit against Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s amended travel or­der ban­ning en­try of peo­ple from six mainly Mus­lim coun­tries and sus­pend­ing refugee re­set­tle­ment.

The state’s at­tor­ney-gen­eral on Wed­nes­day said that while the new or­der fea­tures changes to ad­dress com­plaints raised by courts that blocked the first travel ban, the new or­der is pretty much the same as the first one.

The Pa­cific state is seek­ing a na­tion­wide re­strain­ing or­der block­ing im­ple­men­ta­tion of the or­der Trump signed on Mon­day.

The new or­der sus­pends refugee ad­mis­sions for 120 days and halts the grant­ing of new visas for travellers from Syria, Iran, Libya, So­ma­lia, Ye­men and Su­dan. It ex­plic­itly ex­empts Iraqis, who were on the first list, and le­gal per­ma­nent res­i­dents and valid visa hold­ers.

“Noth­ing of sub­stance has changed. There is the same blan­ket ban on en­try from Mus­lim­ma­jor­ity coun­tries (mi­nus one),” state at­tor­ney-gen­eral Doug Chin said.

“The courts did not tol­er­ate the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s last at­tempt to hood­wink the ju­di­ciary, and they should not coun­te­nance this one.”

Univer­sity of Rich­mond Law School Pro­fes­sor Carl To­bias said Hawaii’s com­plaint seemed in many ways sim­i­lar to Wash­ing­ton’s suc­cess­ful suit, but whether it would prompt a sim­i­lar re­sult was tough to say.

Given that the new ex­ec­u­tive or­der spelt out more of a na­tional se­cu­rity ra­tio­nale than the old one and al­lows for some travellers from the six na­tions to be ad­mit­ted on a case-by-case ba­sis, it would be harder to show that the new or­der was in­tended to dis­crim­i­nate against Mus­lims, he said.

Trump’s first or­der sparked a le­gal, po­lit­i­cal and lo­gis­ti­cal furore.

AFP PIC

Women wear­ing Statue of Lib­erty cos­tumes protest­ing against US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s im­mi­gra­tion poli­cies in Syd­ney yes­ter­day.

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