Hawaii is one of the most liberal states in the nation, so it’s little wonder that it became the first state to challenge President Donald Trump’s new temporary immigration and travel restrictions.
According to CBS News, the state filed a motion in a federal court in Honolulu on Tuesday seeking to amend its existing lawsuit against the president’s previous order. A fully amended lawsuit against the new order was scheduled to be filed on Wednesday.
The filing also asked for a temporary stay against the new order, which temporarily bans new visas from being issued for six countries: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
The updated order, which Trump signed Monday, was designed to withstand legal challenges in a number of ways. ABC News reported that it would not apply to those who already had visas or permanent legal residence and eliminated a clause about religious minorities in addition to other, more subtle, changes.
However, Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin said that the new order was “nothing more than ‘Muslim ban 2.0,’” according to KGMB-TV.
It’s unclear on what grounds Hawaii planned to challenge the ban, but I’m sure that the fact that they were calling it “Muslim ban 2.0” gives some indication that they plan to go after the fact that the six countries on the list in the new order are majority-Muslim.
Never mind, of course, that there are significant religious minorities (mainly Christians) in most of those countries also affected by the ban. Never mind, too, that the temporary ban has everything to do with terrorism and nothing to do with religious persecution on the part of the United States. But I digress.
Hawaii is bound to be the first of many blue states to challenge Trump’s latest ban. We can only hope that this time that the courts make their decision based on law as opposed to politics.
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