Hawaiian State attorneys released a statement Tuesday. Announcing they will be filing a lawsuit. Asking a federal judge to issue a temporary retraining-order against President Trump's travel ban. Their request seeks to block implementation of the Executive Order handed down by the White House on Monday. The attorneys are asking their request be expedited. Trump's new Executive Order is a bit more lenient than his original.
Both Orders blueprint a design to ban some foreign nationals' travel to the United States. Separately each Order seeks to restrict travel from countries with Muslim majorities.
Making the resulting ban created by the Order controversial. As the Executive Orders tend to indicate the United States is against a specific religion.
Hawaii makes a stand
Neal Katyal a lead attorney for Hawaii, offered his point of view during a CNN interview. According to Attorney Katyal, even though this new incarnation of Trump's travel ban affects fewer people. Trump's order still falls short. The new ban has constitutional and statutory defects equivalent to the first order, Katyal explains.
So far, The Department of Justice has declined to comment on this the latest round of attempts by different States and immigration rights groups to thwart Trump. Nevertheless, sending out a steady stream of notices to federal courts on Monday. The Justice Department rallied to alert judges what to expect with this new order.
Emphasizing notable changes and pointing out that the new order does not apply to green card holders or people with valid visas.
Nonetheless, Hawaiian Muslims report receiving threats coinciding with Trump's original executive order. Some say the order's aim is unjust. Thus, could be blamed for inciting hatful acts towards Muslim who have every right to reside in, seek asylum, or visit the United States.
For example, Hawaii News Now reports that a mosque in Oahu has been receiving hysterical phone calls from people expressing hateful thoughts directed toward Muslims. One message left by a male caller stated the following hateful message: "Killing Muslims is God's will! You beasts will pay!"
Hawaiians worry about their Muslim citizens
This recent turn of events is troubling many Hawaiians.
No wonder. Their state has long been the battlefield of American historic manifest destiny policies. With their own national heritage, the states' newest state has a history of struggling with their identity. Bestselling Author Sarah Vowell's, book: Unfamiliar Fishes describes Hawaiian history. One significant observation Vowell bring to light is the notion that the Hawaiian Islands have long since been a microcosm of both America's finest qualities and her worse.
Vowell's keen observations may well be playing-out before America's eyes. As a brouhaha gathers steam in the US political arena. A team of dedicated Hawaiian State attorneys are representing Hawaii as the first state to take a stand against President Trump's policy of restricting peoples' entrance into the country.
An executive order, that many interpret as being primarily based on religion. Regardless of how hard Trump attempts to repackage his travel ban to some news outlets. Nor by any method Trump's key staff members attempt to claim, Trump's executive order has no xenophobic ideas that favour one religion over another. Like it or not Hawaii, the United States' youngest-state is America's first-state to stand-up litigiously against the White House.