Hawaii is the first state that is suing to try and stop President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban.
Hawaii’s lawsuit to stop the Trump travel ban claims that it will harm the state’s ability to recruit student and faculty to its colleges. It also argues that the ban will hurt its economy due to a decrease in tourism. A hearing for the lawsuit is set for Mach 15, which is one day before the travel ban goes into effect.
A new plaintiff in this lawsuit is Ismail Elshikh. He is an Imam at the Muslim Association of Hawaii. His mother lives in Syria and he claims the new travel ban may not allow her to visit her family in America. However, the new order includes exemptions for close family that would face hardships if denied entry to the United States.
Hawaii’s lawsuit may have trouble taking on the new executive order due to the number of exemptions added in it. This includes changes to allow current visa holders to travel to America. It also removes the indefinite ban on Syrian refugees. Iraq is also no longer included in the travel ban, reports Reuters.
“The administration’s cleaned it up, but whether they have cleaned it up enough I don’t know,” Carl Tobias, a University of Richmond Law School professor, told ABC News about president Trump’s new travel ban. “It may be harder to convince a judge there’s religious animus here.”
President Trump’s administration is standing by the new travel ban. It has pointed to a section of law that allows the President to block entry to the United States to any foreigners that may have interest that could harm the country.
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