- Title: Hawaii judge halts Trump's new travel ban before it can go into effect
- Date: 15th March 2017
- Summary: HONOLULU, HAWAII, UNITED STATES (MARCH 15, 2017) (REUTERS) PROTESTERS AT COURTHOUSE HAWAII'S ATTORNEY GENERAL DOUG CHIN ARRIVING TO MAKE STATEMENT (SOUNDBITE) (English) HAWAII ATTORNEY GENERAL DOUG CHIN, SAYING: "We would love it if the federal government could make that they come out with an order that protects our national security interests, keeps the people of Hawaii safe, keeps the people of Oregon safe as well but just not in a way that discriminates against people based upon their nation of origin or based upon their religion." CHIN AT PODIUM (SOUNDBITE) (English) HAWAII ATTORNEY GENERAL DOUG CHIN, SAYING: "That's the big reason why Hawaii brought this case because it's really something that hits us to the core. If you have an order that's coming out there that's taking us back half a century to a time when there was discrimination by nations of origin or by religion, that's something that we have to speak up against." CHIN SPEAKING TO MEDIA (SOUNDBITE) (English) HAWAII ATTORNEY GENERAL DOUG CHIN, SAYING: "We can be as intellectual as we want and try to be you know brainiacs about what do these words mean, what does this context mean but ultimately an order comes out like this and it makes a kid think 'gee, I'm different because I'm a Muslim' and that to me just has a greater impact. It probably says more than the millions of words that I've put out there to try to argue this case." CHIN SPEAKING TO WOMAN OUTSIDE COURT (SOUNDBITE) (English) HAWAII ATTORNEY GENERAL DOUG CHIN, SAYING: "Our argument is that there is no other president that has issued such a broad, sweeping order that discriminates against people by their nation of origin. One of the examples was the Cuba example so what we point out in our brief is that what makes Cuba different is that there was an existing agreement between the United States and Cuba that was violated and so when the executive order was banning Cubans, it had to do with the fact ... it was in the context of they'd already violated an existing agreement that was between them." CHIN SPEAKING TO MEDIA
- Embargoed: 30th March 2017 00:48
- Keywords: Legal Challenge Trump travel ban Hawaii Honolulu Doug Chin Attorney General
- Location: HONOLULU, HAWAII, UNITED STATES
- City: HONOLULU, HAWAII, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice,Judicial Process/Court Cases/Court Decisions
- Reuters ID: LVA001682P7IF
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- Story Text:A U.S. federal judge in Hawaii dealt another legal blow to President Donald Trump on Wednesday (March 15), issuing an emergency halt to his revised travel ban just hours before it was set to go into effect early on Thursday.
U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson put out an emergency stop on Trump's executive order, which aimed to temporarily bar entry to the United States of most refugees as well as travelers from six Muslim-majority countries.
Watson said the state of Hawaii showed a strong likelihood of success in its claims that the order violates the establishment clause of the U.S. Constitution, which prevents religious discrimination. Critics of the ban argued it was discriminatory against Muslims.
Hawaii's Attorney General Doug Chin said his state had to make a stand against an executive order which "discriminates against people based upon their nation of origin or based upon their religion."
The Republican president has said the policy is critical for national security.
The case was one of several that were moving through U.S. courts on Wednesday brought by states' attorneys general and immigrant advocacy groups.
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