Hawaii right to fight Trump’s travel ban

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With all due re­spect, I to­tally dis­agree with Gordy Fowler, who crit­i­cized the ef­forts of Gov. David Ige and At­tor­ney Gen­eral Dou­glas Chin in fight­ing the travel ban im­posed by Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump (“Fight­ing travel ban wastes money again,” Star-Ad­ver­tiser, Let­ters, Oct. 9). Hawaii has al­ways been in the fore­front of pro­tect­ing our res­i­dents’ con­sti­tu­tional rights. It is par­tic­u­larly ap­pro­pri­ate in this case, given the large im­mi­grant pop­u­la­tion of our state.

The travel ban is in re­al­ity based on re­li­gious grounds, dis­guised as a means to pro­tect our coun­try from the ci­ti­zens of the banned coun­tries.

Have we for­got­ten how Pres­i­dent Franklin Roo­sevelt (for whom I have the ut­most ad­mi­ra­tion for his so­cial pro­grams) signed Ex­ec­u­tive Or­der 9066, which led to the in­tern­ment of hun­dreds of thou­sands of Ja­panese-Amer­i­cans and law­ful

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