HONOLULU- A federal judge on Friday said he would dedicate Hawaii an opportunity to make its case that it should be allowed to challenge the Trump administration’s latest traveling ban.
U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson said Hawaii would have until Tuesday morning to file a new motion. The government will have until Saturday, Oct. 14, to respond.
The latest traveling forbid removes Sudan from the list of affected country level adds Chad and North Korea, along with several representatives from the government of Venezuela. It’s scheduled to take effect Oct. 18.
“Hawaii opposed the first and second travel prohibits because they were illegal and unconstitutional efforts to implement the president’s Muslim ban, ” Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin said in a statement. “Unfortunately, the third travelling outlaw is more of the same.”
The motion said the new version of traveling outlaw “flouts the immigration laws’ express prohibition on nationality discrimination, grossly exceeds the authorities concerned Congress delegated to the president, lacks any rational connection to the problems it purports to address and seem to be effectuate the president’s promise to ban Muslims from the United States.”
Chin has been combating President Donald Trump on travelling prohibitions since February, after the president sought to bar new visas for people from seven largely Muslim countries.
The state subsequently amended that lawsuit to add a plaintiff: the imam of a Honolulu mosque. Hawaii has approximately 5,000 Muslims.
When Trump rewrote the ban, Chin revised the lawsuit to challenge that version.
In March, U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson in Honolulu agreed with Hawaii that the ban amounted to discrimination based on nationality and religion.
A subsequent U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowed the administration to partially reinstate a 90 -day ban on guests from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen and a 120 -day ban on refugees from anywhere in the world.
The court’s ruling exempted a large number of refugees and travelers with a “bona fide relationship” with a person or entity in the U.S.
Hawaii successfully challenged the federal government’s definition of which family members would be allowed into the country. Watson ordered the governmental forces not to enforce the ban on close relatives such as grandparents, grandchildren, uncles and aunts.
An attorney representing Hawaii apprise the U.S. Supreme court on Thursday that the nation were planning to challenge the third travel ban.
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