Hawaii attorney general Douglas Chin defended his opposition to the Trump administration’s earlier versions of travel bans and said the state will examine the so-called “Travel Ban 3.0.”
The U.S. Supreme Court ordered parties in the travel ban lawsuits, including Hawaii, to submit additional arguments analyzing the effect of the new ban issued Monday. The latest ban places restrictions on travel from eight countries: Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Yemen and Venezuela, effective Oct. 18.
“Hawaii has always said the president must safeguard the country, but not in a way that violates immigration laws or discriminates based upon religion or national origin,” said Chin in a statement issued Monday. “The first and second travel bans failed this test, violated the law, and violated the constitution. We respect the Supreme Court’s instruction to analyze how, if at all, Travel Ban 3.0 affects the existing cases. We are reviewing the new order itself to determine if it is also legally objectionable.”
Chin said the state will reserve most of its arguments, analysis and comments on the new ban for the supplemental briefing due to the Supreme Court by Oct. 5.